We recently made contact with an attendee and member of the 802.3bz 2.5/5GBASE-T Task Force. For those who have been following the evolution of the 2.5/5 Gbps Ethernet market, initially there were two different types of 2.5/5 Gbps Ethernet that were proposed in the marketplace. On May 18, 2015, the IEEE task force met and worked out details, leading to a unanimously adopted baseline technology to be used for 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T. We take this to mean that the Multi-Gigabit market is on its way to being standards based soon. At the IIIE meeting, we learned that the editor was instructed to create the draft of the 802.3bz in a unanimous vote of 49 voters.
And while there are of course more milestones to achieve before standards are final, this is a positive step. Some more specifics:
- The Ethernet Alliance has offered public acknowledgment of consensus-building efforts on June 2.
- The IEEE Standards association announced it achieved a significant milestone by unanimously adopting baseline technology to be used for 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T specifications.
Based on a recent blog article by Cisco Systems, we expect that at Cisco Live, an annual industry event held by Cisco, more support for this 802.3bz technology will be discussed.
You may know that in January 2015, we published a 5-Year forecast of the 2.5/5 Gbps (Multi-Gigabit) Ethernet switch market. It is very encouraging to see this type of fast standards body progress.