BS 6701:2016+A1:2017 Telecommunications equipment and telecommunications cabling – Specification for installation, operation and maintenance
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BS 6701:2016+A1:2017

Telecommunications equipment and telecommunications cabling. Specification for installation, operation and maintenance. Specification for installation, operation and maintenance

Status : Current   Published : July 2016



What is this standard about?

For everyone dealing with telecommunications equipment and cabling, this standard provides a link between UK-specific electrical installation standards and their IT cabling equivalents. 

The 2017 Amendment adds two new sections (see ‘What’s changed’ below) that were necessary so that the standard aligns with changes to The Wiring Regulations standard, BS 7671. 

Who is this standard for?

  • Electricians
  • Designers
  • Consultants
  • Specifiers
  • Architects 

Why should you use this standard?

It specifies requirements for the installation, operation, administration and maintenance of telecommunications equipment and cabling, other than that specified in BS EN 50174.

It also specifies requirements beyond the scope of the BS EN 50174 series, but doesn’t cover those aspects of installation associated with the transmission of signals in free space between transmitters, receivers or their associated antenna systems (for example, radio microwave or satellite). 

BS 7671:2008+A3:2015 refers to this standard for telecommunication cabling. 

What’s changed since the last update?

BS 6701 needed to be amended to reflect that the revision of BS 7671 references BS 6701 for the selection of telecommunications cables in relation to reaction to fire performance under the Construction Products Regulation.  

Therefore two new sections – 4.1.3 and – have been introduced to BS 6701, both of which have the same title: “Fire performance of telecommunications cables”.

Standard NumberBS 6701:2016+A1:2017
TitleTelecommunications equipment and telecommunications cabling. Specification for installation, operation and maintenance. Specification for installation, operation and maintenance
Publication Date31 July 2016
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)PD CLC/TR 50427, BS EN 60079-17:2014, BS EN 50174-3:2013, BS EN 61241-17:2005, BS EN 13501-6:2014, BS EN 50174-1:2009+A2:2014, HD 60364-5-54 (IEC 60364-5-54:2011) AS, BS EN 50310:2016, BS EN 60079-14:2014, BS EN 60332-1-2:2004, BS EN 50174-2:2009+A2:2014, BS EN 61241-14:2004, BS EN 61340-5-1:2016, BS 7671:2008+A3:2015, BS EN 60446:2007, BS EN 60825-2:2004+A2:2010, PD CLC/TR 50426, PD CLC/TR 50404, BS 5306
Informative References(Provided for Information)Building Regulations 2000, Construction Products Regulations 2013, Electricity Safety, Quality and Continuity Regulations 2002, Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, Work at Height Regulations 2005, Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002, Confined Spaces Regulations 1997, PD CLC/TR 50174-99-1, Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004, Building Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000, Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations 2006, Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994, BS EN 15004-2:2008, BS 8300:2009+A1:2010, HD 60364-4-444 (IEC 60364-4-44:2007), ISO 6183:2009, BS EN 15004-1:2008
ReplacesBS 6701:2010
Amended ByAmendment, November 2017
Draft Superseded By17/30360475 DC
DescriptorsProximity, Fibre optic cables, Ducts (building services), Communication cables, Installation, Telecommunication systems, Electrical installations, Documents, Electrical safety, Data transmission, Electric cable systems, Position, Earthing, Equipment housing facilities, Communication networks, Electric wiring systems, Electric cables, Telecommunication, Communication transmission lines, Communication equipment, Maintenance
ISBN978 0 580 98514 0
File Size597 KB

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