Are 10GBASE-T switches the end of using a copper cabling system?
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No not at all. There is work now in both TIA and ISO to work on qualifying cables for higher speeds. Fiber of course will always have a place in networks, as will copper. Designs just need to take into consideration the application and lifecycle of the installation and costs. Watch for announcements in the early part of next year for an IEEE call for interest.
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