St. Louis Mo.-based Graybar is expanding its VIP program with the introduction of VIP Fiber, the communication industry's first comprehensive testing program for multi-mode fiber optic cabling systems.

Fiber-optic cabling systems using 62.5/125 and 50/125 micron multi-mode fiber are used primarily in communications networks for commercial buildings and campuses. The VIP Fiber program tests and certifies these cabling systems to assure they exceed the TIA/EIA and IEEE standards.

ITS ETL SEMKO Testing Laboratories, the world's largest product and commodities testing organization, is the independent laboratory used for Graybar's VIP programs.

Graybar introduced its VIP (Verified Independently for Performance) program several years ago with the VIP 1000 and VIP 2000 programs designed for copper channels. When businesses and their contractors install a cabling system approved for Graybar's VIP program, they are assured that the tested channels will exceed the TIA/EIA Cat. 5e and proposed Cat. 6 standards.

“Maximizing the performance of a cabling system means supporting the networks of tomorrow, not just those in place today,” said Rob Bezjak, vice president of market development. “Fiber still has some mystery to it. This program removes the guesswork.”

For an update on the compliant solutions for VIP Fiber, contact your local Graybar office for a presentation on the VIP program. For the location nearest you, visit their Web site at