BS 6701:2010 Telecommunications equipment and telecommunications cabling. Specification for installation, operation and maintenance
If you work in the telecommunications industry, and are responsible for installing, operating or the administration and maintenance of copper or optical fibre cabling or equipment, then this newly-revised standard will be of interest.
Conformance to specific aspects of BS 6701 is a requirement of the Wiring Regulations (BS 7671) and is applicable in virtually all premises. In addition, it addresses cabling external to buildings and should be followed by anyone installing cabling.
Correctly specified and installed cable management systems ensure that telecommunication cabling performs at its best – so it is important that cable management be considered from the start of a project.
In addition to specifying the requirements beyond the scope of the BS EN 50174 series of standards for telecommunications cabling, BS 6701 provides requirements for installing telecommunications equipment. The application of BS 6701 will ensure that equipment is properly set up, which means the customer will be reassured their risk-managed cabling installations work to optimum performance, thus assuring more profitable business practice.
As one of the few national standards that are directly linked to the EN 50174 series, BS 6701 could also be used in other countries. It supports all cabling media.
Contents of BS 6701 include
- Normative references
- Terms, definitions and abbreviations
- Requirements for owners of premises housing telecommunications systems
- Requirements for installers of telecommunications equipment and telecommunications
- Minimum separating distance between telecommunications cabling and the uninsulated conductors of electricity supply cabling
Also of interest - standards for installing cables for information technology:
BS 7671:2008 Requirements for electrical installations. IEE Wiring Regulations. Seventeenth edition
BS EN 50174-1:2009 Information technology. Cabling installation. Installation specification and quality assurance
BS EN 50174-2:2009 Information technology. Cabling installation. Installation planning and practices inside buildings
BS EN 50174-3:2003 Installation technology. Cabling installation. Installation planning and practices outside buildings