Nexans Approves LANTEK® 7 for Certification of LANmark-7 GG45' Cabling System

Certification of LANmark-7 GG45Paris, January 15, 2004 - Nexans has approved the LANTEK® 7 cable tester for certification of the LANmark-7 GG45� Category 7 cabling system according to the EN50173-1, Class F standard. The announcement clears the way for the installation of future-orientated network cabling solutions.

The Nexans LANmark-7 GG45� system uses the GG45 connector as recommended by EN50173-1, Class F. This results in a future-proof Category 7 cabling system that offers maximum performance with a high degree of investment protection. The cabling system is capable of handling future 600 MHz applications and is also backward compatible with Category 6/ISO E installations. Compatibility with the well-established RJ45 connector ensures that the cabling system works with all existing Category 5 and Category 6 components, and if required can be upgraded to Category 7/Class F through the simple exchange of patch cords. 

Currently, LANTEK® 7 is the only LAN Cable Certifier on the market that is able to test and certify Category 7/Class F installations according to the ratified EN50173-1, Class F standard. The approval of LANTEK® 7 by Nexans for certification of the LANmark-7 GG45� system is seen as further confirmation of this market leading position. The basis of the approval was matching comparison tests between a Nexans network analyzer and the LANTEK® 7 tester.

For the first time, LANTEK® 7 allows on-site testing and certification of the LANmark-7 GG45� cabling system over the whole 600 MHz frequency range and in accordance to procedures defined in the standard. Up until now, field measurements were only possible up to 300-MHz. Measurements up to 600 MHz had to be performed using complex laboratory equipment.

To support the GG45 connector, IDEAL INDUSTRIES offers a new Permanent Link adapter equipped with 600 MHz technology. These GG45 test and calibration kits (p/n: 1019-00-1100) will be available in January 2004.

This approval signals a major breakthrough for Nexans and IDEAL INDUSTRIES. Other cable manufacturers are sure to follow now that the final obstacle to the full Category 7/Class F implementation has been overcome. LANTEK® 7 - the only tester that guarantees certification according to the published Category 7 standard.

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Nexans is the worldwide leader in the cable industry. The Group brings an extensive range of advanced copper and optical fiber cable solutions to the infrastructure, industry and building markets. Nexans cables and cabling systems can be found in every area of people¿s lives, from telecommunications and energy networks, to aeronautics, aerospace, automobile, railways, building, petrochemical, medical applications, etc. With an industrial presence in 29 countries and commercial activities in 65 countries, Nexans employs 20. 000 people and had sales in 2004 of euros 4.9 billion. Nexans is listed on the Paris stock exchange.

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IDEAL INDUSTRIES, Inc. is one of the world's largest manufacturers and suppliers of quality tools and test equipment for electrical and data communications markets. Since 1916 the company built a name as manufacturer of innovative and reliable products. IDEAL offers more than 6000 tested and proved articles for professionals in Electrical, Construction, Maintenance, Data and Telecommunications, Cable Manufacturing and manufacturing industry. The business units of the company work the areas Electrical, DataComm, WireProcessing and OEM Connection Systems. IDEAL is a privately owned company with headquarters in Sycamore, Illinois and further production and sales subsidiaries in USA and Canada. International sales offices are located in Europe, China, Brazil and Australia.