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Copper Clad Aluminum Conductors (CCA) found in Cat 5e and Cat 6 Cables

Violate UL, TIA and NEC Standards




WASHINGTON, DC (June 22, 2012)
– The Communications Cable and Connectivity Association continues to encounter several sources in the US promoting Cat 5e and Cat 6 cables made with copper clad aluminum (CCA) conductors. CCA IS NOT PERMITTED for Category UTP cables and is not compliant to Telecommunications Industries Association (TIA) standards and National Electrical Code (NEC) requirements for fire safety.

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CCCA's Ongoing Alert on Copper Clad Aluminum Conductors
found in Cat 5e and Cat 6 Cables



In addition, both the FIA and UL have issued Public Notices regarding the use of Copper Clad Aluminum Conductors


FIA-IAN-002 Infrastructure Advisory Note (October 2011) - The terms Category 5 or Category 5e has become synonymous with “entry level” 4-pair balanced cables. Many users and installers have an ambivalent view of what constitutes these cables. As a result, there is significant pressure on pricing which has encouraged the importation of lower cost products in order to boost supply chain margins or to reduce the capital expenditure of users.

This Infrastructure Advisory Note reviews the implications of one specific implementation of these low cost products that claim to be “Category 5” or “Category 5e” using Copper Clad Aluminium (CCA) conductors. This document supports many others prepared by suppliers and trade associations around the world.


More worryingly, Cables containing CCA conductors masquerade as standards-compliant “Category 5” or “Category 5e” products - tempting users to specify them and installers to use them. However, they do not comply with any recognised cable standard in the North America, international or European arenas.

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UL - NORTHBROOK, IL - October 12, 2011 - UL is notifying consumers, retailers, manufacturers, regulatory agencies and Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) that the four communications cables identified below bear unauthorized references to UL.  The communications cables have not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate Standard for Safety for the United States, and are not authorized to bear the UL Mark or any reference to UL.

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UL warns of four communications cables with unauthorized references to UL
(Release PN11-38, PN11-43, PN11-39, PN11-37)




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