MSU Telecommunications Wiring Design Guidelines

MSU Telecommunication Wiring Design Guidelines PDF [print]

  1. Telecommunications Rooms
  2. Telecommunications Room Termination Equipment
  3. Telecommunications Workstation Outlet Termination Equipment
  4. Telecommunications Horizontal Cabling and Support Structure
  5. Telecommunications Cable
  6. Installation Guidelines for Telecommunications Cable
  7. Termination of Telecommunications Cables
  8. Testing of Telecommunications Category 6 Cables
  9. Telecommunications Labeling and Documentation
  10. Telecommunications Backbone and Riser Cables
  11. Telecommunications AutoCAD Drawing Legend

This document defines the standards used for voice and data wiring in buildings used by MSU departments. All telecommunications wiring will be performed by the Information Technology Department (ITC) or by contractors meeting ITC's Campus Wiring Standards requirements. Throughout the document the word shall is mandatory. Where the word preferred is used we would like it done this way and it would be expected in new building construction. The terms cabling and wiring are used interchangeably. For more details about the industry telecommunication standards, which MSU complies with, see the TIA/EIA Commercial Building Telecommunications Cabling Standards as follows:

  • Commercial Building Telecommunications Cabling 568-B.1-5;
  • Commercial Building Standard for Telecommunications Pathways and Spaces 569-B;
  • Commercial Building Grounding (Earthing) and Bonding Requirements for Telecommunications J-STD-607-A;
  • Customer-owned Outside Plant Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard TIA-758-A.

All communication wiring contractors must be TE Connectivity (Tyco Electronics) authorized AMP NETCONNECT Design and Installation (AMP ND&I) contractors, and must register their Amp wiring installation for the AMP NETCONNECT 25 Year Performance Warranty. (For a listing of ND&I Contractors, visit

The telecommunications network systems contains cable, connectors, electronic equipment, and routing materials for MSU provided voice and data services and equipment throughout campus buildings. Voice/data cables are routed together from each individual telecommunications workstation outlet to a telecommunications room within 90 meters, preferably on the same floor.

New workstation outlets are typically either a single-gang box with two (2) Amp Netconnect Category 6 four-pair, Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) cables, or a double-gang box with four (4) Amp Netconnect Category 6 four-pair, Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) cables. Any cable can be used for either voice or data. All outlets are terminated and tested to Category 6 standards.

Some existing buildings have older standard cable and equipment, Category 5 or Category 5 Enhanced. These will be replaced by the newest standard of cable and equipment when remodeling, renovations or new construction is done. Therefore some Telecommunications Rooms will temporarily have a combination of cable and equipment types.

MSU has selected Corning for its fiber optic cable, patch panel and connector standards, and Amp Netconnect (Tyco) for its copper telecommunication outlet and cable product standard. The Amp Netconnect 25-Year Warranty shall be acquired by, or on behalf of ITC, to cover labor and materials on all new construction projects. ITC's certifications and enrollment in the Amp Netconnect ND&I Program cover work done by the ITC Communication Wiring group.

MSU has selected Cisco for its data electronic equipment; Aruba Networks for its wireless network equipment; PowerDsine for its mid-span power over Ethernet product; and Avaya/Heritage Nortel for its telephone electronic equipment.

Under normal circumstances, the Information Technology Center (ITC) Communication Wiring group designs, installs, tests, certifies, and maintains inside and outside building cabling, communication outlet equipment, and telecommunication room patch panels and wire management components. They also ensure that all NEC and Building Code requirements are met with regard to wall and ceiling penetration sealing and fire-stopping.

ITC's Infrastructure Systems and Operations (ISO) Networking group specifies the network switches and fiber optic termination equipment for each telecommunications room. Both groups terminate and test the fiber optic cable. ISO configures and installs the network switches and installs the necessary fiber patch cables and other accessory equipment to activate the network connections. ITC's Telephone Services group defines and installs all telephone station equipment. Facilities Services electricians or contracted electricians install conduit, raceway, cable trays, j-hooks, electrical and raceway boxes, racks, seismic bracing and any other rough-in work required. MSU-Bozeman Information Technology Center.

Communication Wiring Design Guidelines
Created: June 20, 2013
Revised: July 15, 2013

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