Cat8 is currently being developed to support a new 40GBase-T standard over short distances. It is initially targeted specifically for Data Centres, allowing Servers to link to Access layer network.

40GBase-T will be supported through up to 30m of cable and through 2 connectors. This compares with lower categories of cable providing ethernet support for 100m of cable and through 4 connectors.

The Cat8 will be 4-pair shielded, rated at 2GHz.

More than one connector type will be supported, the RJ45 (this standard known as Cat8.1) or Tera/GG-45  used with Cat7/7a (this standard know as Cat8.2).

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