According to a report published by The Building Services Research and Information Association, the United States is lagging behind the rest of the world in its adoption of Category 6a network cabling.  From our experience here at Cobalt, we find mostly data centers and larger corporations are moving toward Cat6a cabling in order to future proof their infrastructure investments.

As the customer, you MUST ensure your contractor is testing your Cat6a cabling to 500 MHz using a suitable cable analyzer, and ensure they are following manufacturer recommendations to reduce or eliminate alien cross talk concerns. Additionally, Cat6a installations will require more careful planning of your network infrastructure pathways, paying close attention to whether they can support the additional size and weight of the Cat6a cabling (such as cable tray) and the bend radius requirements (such as within cubicle furniture).


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