NBASE-T Alliance and Ethernet Alliance Merge

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The NBASE-T Alliance, an industry-wide cooperative effort focused on enabling the development and deployment of products that support 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T Ethernet, recently merged with the Ethernet Alliance, to consolidate their activities.

The agreement is a growth milestone for the Ethernet community and represents four years of collaboration between the organisations, including joint research, member plugfests and support of the IEEE 802.3bz 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T Ethernet standard development.

“Ethernet has become the world’s most popular networking technology, and the Ethernet Alliance has been busy advancing and promoting the family of IEEE 802 standards that will carry Ethernet into the future,” said Greg McSorley, Ethernet Alliance President. “As the Ethernet roadmap expands, NBASE-T technologies focused on 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T have become an integral part of the industry ecosystem, and we consider this merger a natural, evolutionary step. The demand for faster, more reliable high-speed connectivity is exploding across many market segments. We can better meet this growing need by combining our resources, membership and expertise.”

NBASE-T technology is Ethernet signalling that boosts the performance of Cat5e and Cat6 twisted-pair cabling beyond the 1 Gbps rates used for the past nearly 20 years. Delivering up to 2.5 Gbps or 5 Gbps to the 1.3+ billion installed base of Cat5e and Cat6 outlets, NBASE-T solutions enable users to cost-effectively transform their networks, with the least amount of disruption. A complement to the IEEE 802.3bz 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T standard, the NBASE-T specification includes NBASE-T Downshift that dynamically selects the maximum sustainable speed for a particular cable.

“In just over four years, the NBASE-T Alliance member companies helped build consensus within the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Working Group, enabling approval of a new 2.5G/5G Ethernet standard, and deployed the technology so it is now entrenched in multiple markets,” said Peter Jones, NBASE-T Alliance Chairman. “With the growing momentum, the time is right to consolidate the strength of our members with the Ethernet Alliance, the leading voice of Ethernet technology, to ensure NBASE-T, and all Ethernet technologies, continue to best serve the needs of the market.”

“NBASE-T technology is significantly impacting the market with the biggest transition we’ve seen in campus switching since 2000,” added Tam Dell’Oro, Founder and CEO of Dell’Oro Group. “We see 802.11ax driving the continued growth and expansion of NBASE-T adoption in a vast range of markets and, across the industry, NBASE-T technology is clearly powering a major inflection point in campus networking.”

Through this merger, NBASE-T Alliance resources, activities and members will be consolidated into the Ethernet Alliance, increasing the focus on mainstream BASE-T Ethernet technology. All NBASE-T technology specifications and the Alliance’s library of resources will continue to be publicly accessible.