Communications Cables Revised: 04.08.00
Codes & Standards Reason for Revision: Update designation for ICEA 661 and TIA 570; Editorial corrections.


The NEC, or National Electrical Code, also known as NFPA 70. Article 800 of this federal regulation contains minimum requirements for the installation of communications wiring inside a building. Published by the National Fire Protection Association.

The National Electrical Safety Code, also published by the NFPA, addresses the installation of communications wire & cable in the outside plant.

ANSI/TIA/EIA 568-A, October 1995, Commercial Building Telecommunications Cabling Standard covers the installation of premises structured wiring systems in commercial buildings. Category 3, 4, and 5 UTP wiring performance is defined in this document. Published by the Telecommunications Industry Association.

ANSI/TIA/EIA 568-A-5, October 1999, Transmission Performance Specifications for 4-Pair 100 Ohm Category 5e Cabling covers the requirements for enhanced Category 5 UTP links and channels. Published by the Telecommunications Industry Association.

ANSI/EIA/TIA-570-A, September 1999, Residential Telecommunications Cabling Standard, covers the installation of premises wiring in residential applications. Also published by the TIA. This revised version of TIA 570 defines residential wiring schemes for home LANs, multimedia, and voice communication.

ANSI/ICEA S-80-576-1994, Standard for Communications Wire and Cable for Wiring of Premises, addresses several wiring types from the standpoint of design, construction, and materials. Transmission requirements are for POTS only. Published by the Insulated Cable Engineer's Association.

ANSI/ICEA S-90-661-1997, Standard for Individually Unshielded Twisted Pair Indoor Cables For Use in Communication Wiring Systems, replaces portions of ICEA 576, defining UTP cables in Categories 1 through 5.

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