PoE technology has developing for about 20 years. It has progressed through several standards, with the general trend to specify higher power levels.
PoE technology also has proven well suited for the main category-cable types used in structured cabling systems. Now, at the outset of 2018, PoE appears poised for a surge in port shipments.
The technology is particularly well-suited for LED lighting, which also has shown strong technical progress. However, the higher power levels, and the standardized cable and connector interfaces will help PoE and PoH in a large number of applications. The technology offers attractive benefits in energy management, ease of deployment, and low installation costs. As a result, the surge in ports shipped likely is to be accompanied by a surge in category cable demand.