Be aware of what’s used in your telecommunication cables!
The effective running of a telecommunications network is dependant on the quality of the materials sourced. As different materials have different purposes, it is imperative that the right materials are used in order to perform its particular task proficiently. Cheaper alternatives, such as Copper-clad aluminium may seem like the attractive to pure copper cabling in terms of price - but poor quality materials result in legal penalties and an unreliable network that is prone to failures.
There has been an outbreak in the number of inadequate cables for telecommunications and data cabling in the Australian marketplace. While Copper-clad aluminium has been used in electrical cabling for many years, with relative success, it is important to note that this type of cable should not be used for telecommunication and data cables.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority raised the concern in the inappropriate use of the CCA cables (which have most likely have been sourced from unreliable offshore manufacturers) are incompatible with Australian industry standards. The ACMA has condemned the cabling, and has been adamant in stating that CCA cables are not to be used as telecommunications customer cable in Australia.
What are the repercussions of faulty copper-clad aluminium cabling?
Faulty cabling that doesn’t comply with industry standards can be penalised under the Telecommunications Act, with fines exceeding $10,000. The inappropriate use of CCA cables can also result in: breakages, failures, overheating and the need for excessive troubleshooting.
Anyone that has information about the distribution or supply of CCA cables for telecommunications should contact the ACMA.