VIAVI Applauds TIA on Approval of Category 8 Cabling Standard

Company Has Been A Key Participant in Development of Specifications for Cabling to Support Next-Generation Data Centers

Milpitas, Calif., June 20, 2016 – VIAVI Solutions (NASDAQ: VIAV) today applauded the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and member companies for approving ANSI/TIA-568-C.2-1 specifications for Category 8 cabling systems. These specifications, which have been in development since 2012, mark a major step forward in cabling infrastructure to enable data centers to support rapidly evolving networks. VIAVI has been an active participant in committee work leading up to approval of the specifications by the TIA TR-42 Committee at meetings in Portland, Oregon, June 13-17.

The Category 8 standard addresses balanced twisted-pair cabling supporting 25G and 40G BASE-T interfaces, over a length up to 30 meters and frequency up to 2 GHz. Copper cabling with these specifications becomes significantly more relevant in data center applications, especially for rack-level interconnect or in topologies such as leaf-spine. Data center managers will no longer need to always choose fiber over copper, but rather utilize each where it is a better fit with respect to capacity, range, cost and ease of deployment.

“VIAVI has led the industry in anticipating network trends and advocating for technologies which will meet evolving requirements,” said Kevin Oliver, Vice President and General Manager, Converged Instruments & Virtual Test, VIAVI Solutions. “Our certification solution already conforms to the Cat 8 specifications just approved, including testing through 2.5 GHz. We look forward to helping network operators and enterprises establish their next-generation data centers.”

About VIAVI Solutions
VIAVI (NASDAQ: VIAV) software and hardware platforms and instruments deliver end-to-end visibility across physical, virtual and hybrid networks. Precise intelligence and actionable insight from across the network ecosystem optimizes the service experience for increased customer loyalty, greater profitability and quicker transitions to next-generation technologies. VIAVI is also a leader in anti-counterfeiting solutions for currency authentication and high-value optical components and instruments for diverse government and commercial applications. Learn more at and follow us on VIAVI Perspectives, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.