Global growth in 2018 for structured cablingApril 2019

Lone Hansen Manager - IT Cable Group

Findings show that the global structured cabling market had “a very good year”, increasing by 4.2 per cent to USD 6.7 billion in 2018, “a much better performance than 2017” when the market increased by 1.8 per cent. The global estimate is based on data from 39 countries. This is according to BSRIA’s annual global cabling study released this week.

Such growth has been boosted by data centres and higher value products.

Indeed: sales of cabling to the data centre segment increased by almost six per cent in 2018 and with many countries showing significant growth. China increased by almost 15 per cent and several European countries increased by over 10 per cent, including Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Poland. A high proportion of cabling products in data centres are fibre, mainly providing connectivity, which continues to increase.

Another important trend is the increasing use of single mode fibre cables in data centres used with pre-terminated devices (MPO/MTP) and for high bandwidth and / or longer distances.

structured cabling in LAN & DC. USD million, 2015 to 2023

The LAN segment also performed well in 2018 increasing by almost four per cent. Copper products and, in particular, copper cable sales, were boosted by increasing uptake of Cat 6A, the uptake of plenum in Canada and the implementation of the Construction Products Regulation in Europe, which recommends enhanced fire-resistant cables.

Lone Hansen, Senior Manager – IT Cabling, BACS & Associated Technologies, WMI, said:

“While the European Union Construction Products Regulation commenced in July 2017, the market impact varies significantly by country as most rely on recommendation rather than enforcements. In the UK, the uptake of Class C cabling increased, now accounting for 25 per cent in 2018 by value. In comparison the uptake of Class B and C accounted for just four per cent in Germany and 15 per cent in France.

This highlights another key trend in cabling for 2018: a shift to premium products. The premium on Class C is today 10 – 40 per cent compared to Class D and E in the UK, depending on supplier. In Canada, new fire regulations have increased the uptake of plenum cables, which are two – three times the cost of PVC cables. The uptake of Cat 6A is also increasing partly due to increasing use of PoE and partly due to lower premiums compared to Cat 6.”

sales of fibre cables, MM & SM, by region, USD, 2018

BSRIA’s annual update on the global structured cabling markets were published in March 2019 and include 17 country reports and a World Overview. The 17 countries researched in 2018 and early 2019 are: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Sweden, UK and USA. The World Overview includes data supplied for 39 countries overall.

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