UNH-IOL Empowers 2.5G and 5G BASE-T Ethernet Capabilities

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DURHAM, N.H., February 22, 2017 – The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), an independent provider of broad-based testing and standards conformance services for the networking industry, announced today the availability of 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T testing at its state-of-the-art facility. By providing conformance testing for products based on both the NBASE-T specification and IEEE 802.3bz™ 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T standard, these comprehensive testing services ensure an interoperable Ethernet ecosystem that enables up to five times the speed with no changes in cabling infrastructure required.

“UNH-IOL is the gold standard in Ethernet interoperability testing and their comprehensive approach will give users added confidence that products based on the NBASE-T specification will work seamlessly out-of-the-box,” said Peter Jones, NBASE-T Alliance chairman. “Having vendor-neutral testing helps validate the maturity and readiness of our technology and will accelerate the deployment of NBASE-T solutions.”

The UNH-IOL 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T testing services provide electrical conformance and interoperability testing for products based on both the NBASE-T specification and IEEE 802.3bz standard to confirm all products work harmoniously together. Solutions based on BASE-T technologies support the growing requisite for Ethernet connectivity over structured pair wiring beyond Gigabit Ethernet capability and allow enterprises to reuse existing Cat 5e and Cat 6 cabling, which outfits most homes, offices, and institutions, to support modern wireless access points without compromise. Verifying interoperability of these technologies allows enterprises to quickly upgrade network performance and capacity by leveraging their current infrastructure without costly cabling upgrades.

“Bridging a gap in the Ethernet landscape, 2.5G and 5G Ethernet solutions allows businesses to revitalize their network capabilities without major infrastructure upgrades, and also ultimately enables immense cost savings,” said Jeff Lapak, Associate Director, UNH-IOL. “Collaborating with industry alliances such as the NBASE-T Alliance and the Ethernet Alliance, and hosting industry-wide, multi-vendor interoperability plugfests, allows UNH-IOL to stay abreast of current industry trends and products. This also helps to ensure the most varied interoperability test bed for 2.5G and 5G BASE-T technology, and accelerate mainstream deployment, allowing businesses to quickly reap the benefits of this technology.”

The UNH-IOL remains dedicated to providing the most comprehensive Ethernet testing in an ever-changing industry. Available now as part of the 10 Gigabit Ethernet Testing Services, 2.5G and 5G BASE-T testing evaluates a product’s interoperability in the Ethernet ecosystem. To further advance the technology in the industry, UNH-IOL is hosting a second joint Ethernet Alliance and NBASE-T Alliance 2.5G and 5G BASE-T plugfest later in 2017.

To learn more, please visit the 2.5G, 5G, 10G Ethernet testing page. To join the 10 Gigabit Ethernet Testing Services to access Ethernet testing services, please visit the UNH-IOL Membership page.

About the UNH-IOL

Founded in 1988, the UNH-IOL provides independent, broad-based interoperability and standards conformance testing for data, telecommunications and storage networking products and technologies. Combining extensive staff experience, standards-bodies participation and a 28,000+ square foot facility, the UNH-IOL helps companies efficiently and cost effectively deliver products to the market.

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