The recently published BSRIA market intelligence study shows that the hot topic in the cabling industry is convergence and the impact of digitalisation. With the launch of its ‘Digital Ceiling’ Cisco has, with its many partners, boosted the level of interest in convergence, and cabling suppliers and channel players are expecting to see an increase in demand for cabling and, in particular, for higher specification cabling.
The study found that the worldwide structured cabling market declined by three per cent measured in US$ in 2015, while the increase in copper cables sold by volume was very low - indicating some competitive pressure in the market. A small increase in sales of copper cables is expected in 2016.
Overall “not much” growth is expected from sales of cabling for data points. The main area of future growth is expected to be in the cabling of Wireless Access points and other services also called Distributed Building Services such as CCTV, access points, access control, AV, whiteboards, digital signage, lighting and BACS/HVAC controls.
Most of the large converged intelligent buildings are new-build or major refurbishments in verticals like retail/shopping centres, high-end offices, universities, hospitals, airports, sport stadiums, governmental buildings, hotels and luxury departments.