Gartner Research

Building Wiring

Published: 20 April 2010

ID: G00203982

Analyst(s): David Passmore, Michael Disabato


The evolution of local area network (LAN) standards requires continuous improvements in the infrastructure that supports physical network connections. LANs have grown from 10 Mbps to 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps (or faster), and as a result, the cable necessary to support these connections must meet far more stringent performance requirements. In this technical position, Burton Group has updated the Network and Telecom Strategies Reference Architecture to balance performance and price while encompassing new cable standards.

Table Of Contents

Decision Point

Typical Requirements

  • Increased Bandwidth Both Within the Backbone and to the Desktop
  • Scalability and Flexibility
  • Multiple Types of Communications


  • Copper Twisted Pair
    • STP
    • UTP
    • ScTP
    • Twisted Pair Standards
  • Coaxial Cable
  • Fiber Optics

Future Developments

Evaluation Criteria

Statement and Basis for Position

  • Horizontal Cabling Position
    • Install Cat6A twisted pair copper wiring for horizontal cabling.
    • Install Cat6 UTP copper wiring for horizontal cabling.
  • Vertical Cabling Position
    • Use single-mode fiber-optic cabling for vertical cabling (MDF-to-IDF and IDF-to-IDF) within a building or campus to support data communications (see Figure 8).

Relationship to Other Components

Revision History

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