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Copper and optics: for peaceful existence


Alexandra Krylova,
IKS magazine, March 2012

SCS is a conservative product by its nature. But subject to corporate IS development it cannot take a small share. Where “the cable evolution” is headed to? – our talk with Igor Suncheley, the Director of Eurolan representative office in Russia, is about that.

– What needs arising during SCS designing and developing producers seek to “close” with their new solutions and components?

– First of all – increase of carrying capacity of systems. In order to solve this problem we have cables of 6A category, providing technology of 10G Ethernet transfer in channels up to 100m length. Fight for transmission band continues and its very important part is an interference protection: according to speeds growth influence of external electromagnetic radiations comes on line. Understanding this, Eurolan company consciously entered the circle of SCS suppliers, offering shielded solutions for 6A categories: there are no unshielded cables of this category in its product portfolio. Besides, many producers, including us, actively search and find ways of installation labor-intensiveness decrease and its acceleration – by other works they make conveniences for specialists, installing SCS.

– To what extent are customers ready to use high-speed solutions?

– In Russia SCS projects of different producers are already available, in which cables of 6A category are installed to each working place. The similar project for 2,000 ports was realized on the basis of our products in the Moscow planetarium. All the same needs of Russian customers in solutions of 6A category are not comparable today with the hot demand as in Sweden where companies intentionally select our solutions of this categories for 5-6 working places. I explain this with their intention to do everything thoroughly and for a long time.

– What perspective technologies and solutions in SCS field get acclimated badly in Russia?

– Technology of pneumatic installation of optic fiber, Blown Fiber, in which optic fibers with the help of compressed air are blown to tubes from a special material, placed in soil or in a building. The technology is very popular in the world. At least Eurolan has got many such projects in Scandinavia, including such for the residential sector. In Russia nobody uses such technology, obviously, due to high cost of the first installation. Meanwhile, after investing for the first time, the customer gets an opportunity to scale its SCS fast and cheap: new fibers may be “blown” to it at distance up to 2km for 10-20 min. Solutions of “home SCS” also do not find an appropriate application in Russia yet.

– And which SCS do you consider the most asked-for in our country?

– Copper systems of 5e and 6 Categories are in the strongest demand. There are few reasons for that: both competitiveness of copper solutions in price in comparison with optic, and absence of applications for working places in a sufficient amount, which are in need of speed of more than 100 Mbit/sec. Besides, optics installation to each working place is restrained by absence of an optic port for network connection in PCs and laptops.

– Did you notice changes of SCS customers structure for last year or two, which your partners – system integrators work with?

– Generally speaking, there were no cardinal changes: we are still oriented to a corporate sector. Moreover, I cannot forget to mention sales progress today to high-end segment field. SCS market continues to come out of crisis. There are few of them who select aluminum and copper-plated solution, noname systems now. But a number of customers, paying attention to system’s components, including rather rare ones- e.g. confirming cable incombustibility in bundle grows. The demand growth for optic solutions also should be mentioned. In 2011 their share in Eurolan sales structure in comparison with the last year increased twice – from 10 to 20%.

– Do you think ratio of copper and fiber optic SCS would change in near future? How?

– As copper is still capable to compete with optics in price, nobody would refuse from it. Moreover, there are attempts to find replacement to copper conductor in order to reduce the solution in price. However, in connection with needs growth in speed of server solutions and data processing fiber optic interfaces, especially 100G Ethernet, will be more popular. Their use is optimal exactly at high speed: copper solutions for such application will be too expensive.

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