Fiber Optic Drop



Fiber Optic Drop

As bandwidth demands continue to rise, both copper and fiber cable manufacturers are developing products that offer greater capacity and flexibility. In the interest of providing expanding coverage for an increasingly bandwidth-hungry world, the copper cable industry is talking about a potential Category 8 twisted-pair copper cable. Cat 8 would more than double the capacity of the Cat 6a version, offering a bandwidth of up to 2,000 megahertz (MHz). Compared to Cat 6’s 500 MHz, that would mean quadruple the capacity for TV, video, satellite, audio and CCTV; for this reason, Cat 8 cable would be suitable for faster Ethernet connections. (See the Quiz on page 44 to test your knowledge of Cat 8.)