The correct installation of customer cabling and connection of compliant products in customer premises are important factors in ensuring safety and network integrity. Poorly or incorrectly installed cabling or poorly designed cables or cabling products, can give rise to faults or present risks related to access or electrical safety.
The ACMA's cabling regulatory arrangements include:
- A registration system for cablers that undertake work on telecommunications cabling on the customer side of the carrier's network boundary.
- A requirement for registered cablers to only use compliant cables and associated cabling products.
- Requirements for compliance with the mandatory standard for cable and associated cabling product that is intended for use as customer cabling.
- Exemptions for labelling particular cabling items where specified arrangements are in place to mitigate risks associated with unlabelled products.
All cabling work, including telephone, data, fire and security alarm systems cabling, that connects with the telecommunications network must be performed by a registered cabler or under the direct supervision of a registered cabler.
Further information on cabling registration is available on the How to become a registered cabler page.
Compliance requirements for customer cabling products
The ACMA's compliance cabling arrangements for cabling products are based on compliance with an applicable mandatory standard and labelling requirements specified in Schedule 4 of the Telecommunications (Labelling Notice for Customer Equipment and Customer Cabling) Instrument 2015 (the TLN). Customer cabling and surge protectors must comply with the applicable technical standard listed in the Table at Schedule 4. This includes all cable types, plugs, sockets and connectors.
ACMA technical standard
The applicable technical standard for cable and cabling products mandated by the TLN is the Telecommunications Technical Standard (Requirements for customer cabling products – AS/CA S008) 2015 (S008). The ACMA technical standard references the industry standard. A copy of the industry standard is available on the Communications Alliance website.
S008 applies to customer cabling products (including any cable or connecting hardware), which are used or intended for use on the customer side of the boundary of a telecommunications network.
Wiring rules – installation practices
The industry standard AS/CA S009:2013 Installation requirements for Customer Cabling (Wiring rules) (S009) specifies installation and maintenance requirements for fixed or concealed cabling or equipment that is connected, or is intended to be connected, to a telecommunications network. S009 specifies installation practices that are mandatory under the ACMA telecommunications regulatory arrangements. Details of the requirements for cablers and the application of S009 are specified in the customer cabling page on the ACMA website.
Installation of temporary field cabling for defence purposes
The industry standard AS/CA S035:2015 Requirements for installation of temporary field telecommunications customer cabling for defence purposes (S035) specifies the installation requirements of temporary field cabling by Department of Defence personnel and overseas defence forces during exercise, training or operational deployment. S035 sets out the minimum requirements to ensure that:
a) the installation or use of the cabling does not expose carrier personnel, cabling providers, end-users or other persons to any danger
b) the installation or use of the cabling does not adversely affect the integrity (proper end-to-end functioning) of a telecommunications network.
The labelling requirements for cabling items are:
- the compliance label must be in the form of the RCM no smaller than 3mm in height
- the compliance label must be legible and durable and applied to a product permanently or in a way that makes removal or obliteration difficult
- the compliance label must be affixed to the external surface of the packaging used for the product, clearly visible and be incorporated in the documentation that accompanies the product when supplied (this only applies when it is impractical to label the product due to the size or physical nature of the product).
Note: Products that were labelled with the A-Tick compliance mark prior to 1 March 2016 can continue to be supplied until labelled stock has been exhausted - they are not required to be re-labelled with the RCM.
Note: The TLN incorporates transitional arrangements for customer equipment and customer cabling that is labelled in accordance with the 2001 Labelling Notice. The transition period is two years (25 Feb 2015 – 24 Feb 2017). During the transition period, a supplier may choose to label customer equipment or customer cabling in accordance with either the 2001 Labelling Notice or the TLN. The effect of transitional arrangements is to allow a supplier to continue to supply a product at any time, without being in breach of the TLN, if the product has been labelled in accordance with the 2001 Labelling Notice.
Exemption from labelling particular cabling products
The compliance label affixed to customer cabling indicates to registered cablers that the product is fit-for-purpose and complies with the applicable standards. However, the ACMA recognises that some cabling products are inherently difficult to label due to their size or the difficulties associated with attaining cooperation of international manufacturers to label cable for a limited market. For these reasons, the ACMA provides an exemption whereby particular cabling products need not be labelled, provided certain safeguards are in place.
Further information on the exemption can be found at the Exemption - particular cabling items page.