Structured Voice and Data Cabling
A fully converged structured cabling solution will deliver anything IP related to it’s destination device over one cabling system.AKD – Structure to infrastructure
Structured Voice and Data Cabling
AKD have over 20 years of experience in all industry sectors in the UK & Europe: including Defence, Security, Healthcare, Commerce, Industrial Plant & Control, and Utility Services.
With continuous investment in training, resource and facilities – AKD assure a consistent, high level of customer care & support.
AKD offer our clients complete peace of mind regarding all aspects of network infrastructure: from Design, Installation, Support, Maintenance, Testing and Breakdown – with a full range of complementary services:
- Fibre Optic Termination
- OTDR Testing
- Live Network Diagnostics & Fault Finding
- Fibre Optic Testing
- Fibre Optic Installation
- Voice and Data Cabling
- Fibre Optic Suppliers
- Blown Fibre Installation
- Data Cabling
Additionally, AKD also provide specialist services in:
- Access & Security
- Fibre Optic perimeter fencing systems
- Wireless Services
- Data & Voice Networks
- Data Centre Design & Installation
Cat5e, Cat 6 & 10 Gig
CAT5e provides 100Mhz bandwidth – whereas the next generation CAT6 provides 200Mhz of useable bandwidth over the system. These levels of bandwidth more than cater for today’s data transmission protocol of high performance computer networking.
A disadvantage of copper cabling is the limit of 90 meters of cabling from the main patch panel to the final outlet – so to address this drawback, fibre optic cabling is used.
All AKD engineers are highly experienced in cabling situations – from educational premises, hospitals and industrial sites. This allows them to provide you with exceptional work standards from cable containment to cable management.
Each copper system installed is tested and certified and results presented to you for reassurance of the capability of the installation – showing all wire maps and results. 25 year fully warranted installation is also available.
In today’s world of ever increasing data transmission rates it is often easy to overlook the importance of the voice cabling and its interface with the rest of the cabling system. Ask any business manager which is more important, voice or data, and they will invariably tell you that voice is the most critical as, without this, an organisation cannot communicate with the outside world.
AKD have been installing cabling infrastructures since 1988 and, prior to this, the company’s founders were working in the voice cabling arena. Our voice cabling installation portfolio includes:
- CW1308 multi-pair telephone cables
- Test Jack Frames (TJFs)
- Distribution Frames and Cabinets
- Box Connections
- Connection Strips
The voice cabling often provides the interface between the Private Automated Branch Exchange (PABX) and the structured cabling system. To facilitate ease of management AKD can present your PABX extensions on 25 or 50 port RJ45 patch panels so that voice services can be easily patched through to the appropriate work area outlet. Where workers are spread across multiple floors of a building or multiple buildings of a campus then AKD can provide multi-pair backbone cables to link the various work areas.
Where voice services are operated separately from the data cabling AKD can install and maintain traditional block wiring solutions, thus extending the life of these cabling systems and maximising their Return on Investment (ROI).
For those companies looking at voice and data convergence AKD offers Voice Over IP (VOIP) solutions. We can supply all of the equipment, including handsets powered over the network (Power Over Ethernet), and configure your solution to ensure optimum Quality of Service (QOS).
AKD place a high priority on delivering the best and most cost effective solution to meet your infrastructure needs.
So, whatever your voice cabling requirements AKD has the capability to offer the highest levels of performance, quality and support, all at a cost effective price.
To find out more about communications cabling infrastructures call AKD
Augmented Category 6
Augmented Category 6A or 10Gigabit Ethernet cabling?
Now that the Augmented Category 6 (Cat 6A) cabling standard has now been fully ratified, you can make some well-informed decisions when choosing a cabling system manufacture.
It’s a copper cabling system for 10Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) links up to 100 metres. It can be shielded or unshielded.
The role of Cat 6A in our lives is to support 10GbE. That is its only advantage over Cat 5e and Cat 6, but a ten-fold improvement in bandwidth is pretty impressive.
The simplest thing to consider is the price as a Cat 6A installation will typically cost you about 33% more than Cat5e. However, the main issue is that the size of the pathways and containment you’ll require. That includes risers, voids, cable trays, cable baskets, floor ducting and perimeter trunking.
Straight runs of Cat 6A need roughly twice the capacity of Cat5e but the minimum bend radius of installed Cat 6A is upwards of 30mm depending on the manufacturer.
If it’s for a new building or you’re premises are undergoing a major refit, it is simple enough to specify larger pathways and containment for your cabling systems. On the other hand, if you’re hoping to use existing containment and pathways, you may have to think again because the cost and disruption may make Cat 6A unjustifiable.
You need to ask yourself whether, for the life of the cabling, you will ever need it to support 10GbE. If it’s a backbone link or it’s in data centre or it’s likely to be in use for over ten years, the answer is more likely to be yes. 10GbE active hardware is currently very expensive and it will be a few years before it’s affordable to the desktop.
Make sure the cabling system you are buying complies with the full standard not the draft standard, particularly the permanent links (the installed cable runs).
Most Cat 6A cabling systems are shielded and it is imperative that the buildings earth system is of a very high standard and that the cabling system is earth bonded by competent electricians – AKD. Good earth bonding ensures that high frequency noise is removed from the system via the shielding and helps prevent alien crosstalk between adjacent cables. If your earth system is not of a very high standard you may need to invest in some improvements.
Where does the arrival of Cat 6A leave Cat 6?
Essentially it makes it redundant because, although Cat 6 has two and a half times the frequency range of Cat 5e, no network standards have been adopted that run on Cat 6 which won’t run on Cat 5e. So your choice is simply between Cat 6A and Cat 5e.