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 University Information Technology (UIT) or by contractors meeting UIT'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:

  1. Commercial Building Telecommunications Cabling 568-B.1-5;
  2. Commercial Building Standard for Telecommunications Pathways and Spaces 569-B;
  3. Commercial Building Grounding (Earthing) and Bonding Requirements for Telecommunications TIA-607-B;
  4. 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 contain cable, connectors, electronic equipment, and routing for MSU provided voice and data services and equipment throughout campus buildings. Voice/data cables are routed together from a telecommunications room (TR) to each individual telecommunications workstation outlet, within 76 meters and preferably with on the same floor.

New workstation outlets are typically either a single-gang box or mud ring with two (2) Amp Netconnect Category 6, four-pair, Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) cables, or a double-gang box or mud ring with four (4) Amp Netconnect Category 6 four-pair, Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) cables. Each 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 5E. These will be replaced by the latest campus standard (currently Category 6) of cable and equipment when remodels, renovations, or new construction are done. For this reason, some Telecommunications Rooms will have a combination of cable and equipment types for some period of time.

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

MSU has selected Cisco for its data electronic equipment; Aruba Networks for its wireless network equipment; and Avaya for its telephone electronic equipment.

Under normal circumstances, the University Information Technology (UIT) Communication Wiring group designs, installs, tests, certifies, and maintains outside plant and inside building cabling, communication outlet equipment, and telecommunication room racks, 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.

UIT's Infrastructure Systems and Operations (ISO) Networking group specifies the network equipment and fiber optic termination arrangement for each telecommunications room. UIT terminates and tests 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. UIT'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 University Information Technology 
Communication Wiring Design Guidelines
Created: June 20, 2013
Revised: February 13, 2015