Report: Despite Recession Indicators, Cabling Market Suffers Minor Effects

According to, the structured cabling system (SCS) market’s performance can be measured by the growth in unshielded twisted-pair (UTP) cable volume.

The Web site has issued a report that suggests, based on UTP cable shipments during the current recession, the SCS market may have been affected in one of two ways. The report states that, while initial indications are that the SCS market was severely affected by the recession, there is a slight positive bump over the period, meaning the effect of the recession on the SCS market was relatively mild. Furthermore, the research firm suggests the trends in UTP cable for local area network cabling applications may no longer be the pacing factor for the market’s performance.

The decreased volume of cabling products caused by the recession is more than offset by the higher performance; more expensive cabling systems now needed for newer applications, such as data centers, voice over Internet protocol or wireless cabling applications, is increasingly being deployed during this same period. The report provides data for the near term, defined as the years from 2006 through 2010, in order to analyze the recession’s impact, but it also includes the forecast period to 2014 to provide the future outlook for the marketplace. According to the report, the SCS market will experience a five-year growth of 14.9 percent.

The report provides more detailed data on UTP and fiber and is available at

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