ACIF revises cabling standards

The Australian Communications Industry Forum (ACIF) Wednesday announced it had published two revised standards on customer cabling. The standards affect 55,000 cablers in Australia and are used by equipment suppliers and installers to overcome technical issues.

The first standard, Requirements for customer cabling products, has been updated to meet the cabling regulatory arrangements in Australia. The standard has been revised to include advances in cabling technology and products that are connected to a carrier's network. It is mainly of interest to manufacturers and importers of cabling products, as well as cabling providers.

The second standard, Installation requirements for customer cabling (Wiring Rules), has great importance for cabling providers because they must comply with it as a requirement of the Cabling Provider Rules (CPRs).

Generally known as "the wiring rules", the standard defines the technical requirements for the installation or repair of customer cabling and customer equipment that is connected, or intended to be connected, to a telecommunications network.

The wiring rules also cover design and construction practices sufficient to ensure that the installation of cabling does not expose carrier personnel, cabling providers, customers or anyone else to danger. The rules accommodate industries that were previously excluded, such as those in the fire protection, security and building management sectors.

According to ACIF chief executive officer, Anne Hurley, the revised standards improve safety and compliance.

The published standards are available for download from the ACIF Web site www.acif.org.au

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