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Comms Alliance sets new fibre installation rules

New rules for the safe installation of optical fibre communications in customer premises are part of a revised Australian Standard for telecommunications wiring published by the telecommunications industry body, Communications Alliance.

The AS/CA S009 installation requirements for customer cabling (wiring rules) standard has been the backbone of the cabling industry in Australia for several decades.

The standard sets out the minimum requirements to ensure the safety and integrity of a cabling installation in customer premises and of the telecommunications network to which it is connected. Communications Alliance CEO, John Stanton, said the revised standard includes important new safety rules for cabling of optical fibre systems in customer premises, along with updated rules covering cabling in hazardous areas, water immersion issues, aerial cabling and cabling between buildings.

"It is important that standards remain "fit for purpose", particularly as the roll-out of the National Broadband Network (NBN) gathers pace," Stanton said.

More than 20 stakeholder organisations and individuals across the communications sector and broader industry contributed to the updated rules, which can be accessed from the Communications Alliance website.

The revised Standard will be submitted to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), with the recommendation that it be substituted for the previous version created in 2006.

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