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Eliminate the Wired Bottleneck with Cisco Multigigabit Technology - Cisco
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Repercussions of digital transformation


Growth in mobile
data traffic (2017-2022*)

Wireless use examples:
Vertical markets


Security Cameras


Medical devices


Machine vision


LAN handoff


Attached storage

*Cisco 2018 Virtual Networking Index

History of cable installation/
port speed/ethernet speed

Did you know?

1980 Standards were established

Originally based on CSMA/CD,
Ethernet standards are 38 years old

85 Billion meters

Between 2003 to 2017, over 85 billion meters
of Cat 5e and Cat 6 cabling were sold

5.6 Billion ports

More than 5.6 billion 100BASE-T/1000BASE-T
switch ports in the last 20 years

Number of ethernet switch ports sold
(By speed)
Ethernet ports sold

100 Gbps

40 Gbps

10 Gbps

1000 Gbps

100 Gbps

More than 5.6 billion 100BASE-T and 1000BASE-T switch ports shipped in last 20 years. Another 2.4 billion more ports expected to be added by 2022

Dell’Oro Group Ethernet Switch 5-year forecast Jan 2017

Evolution of ethernet speeds over
Cat cables (3-8)

Link speed (b/s)

Evolution of Ethernet Speeds

Ethernet speed

Speed in development

The challenge
Wi-Fi has exceeded the capacity
of Wired Networks
The Challenge
Result: Gigabit bottleneck
Result: Gigabit bottleneck
How the industry is solving the problem
Ethernet Alliance

Vendor alliance for 2.5G/5G BASE-T with 45+ participant companies

Components, silicon, systems, cabling, test, etc.

Enables widespread deployment, evolves specifications, facilitates interoperability.


The solution

Cisco multigigabit technology

Up to


Speed increase without replacing the cabling infrastructure

Result: Gigabit bottleneck
Cisco Multigigabit key benefits
Maintain switch to AP Reach at higher speeds

Adaptive rate technology

(FE, 1G, 2.5G, 5G, and 10G)

Infrastructure investment protection

Supports 100m distance with Cat5e/Cat6 cabling up to 5G speeds

Supports Cat6a cabling deployments for higher speeds


Up to 90W PoE over 10GBASE-T to support a
range of power needs

Standards compliant

Compliant with 1000BASE-T and 10GBASE-T IEEE standards

IEEE 802.3bz 2.5/5GBASE-T standard

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