New Cabling Standards Released

In BICSI Bytes, Newsby info@bicsi.com.au

The much anticipated replacement for AS/NZS 3080 cabling standard was officially released on 24 May 2019 by the 11801 suite of standards.

This is a significant change fort the ICT industry for several reasons; however, it primarily provides a massive step-change in accommodating the advancements in technologies that we’ve seen since the outgoing standard was published back in 2013.

The replacement of the long-standing AS/NZS 3080:2013 ‘Information technology – Generic cabling for customer premises’ standard introduces a degree of complexity that needs to be understood by the ICT industry. In the 12 months leading up to its release, BICSI South Pacific has actively communicated details about the new standard, endeavouring to help educate the industry about the format and content of this important standard.

The following bullet points summarise some of the key the changes:

  • The single volume 3080 standard has been replaced by a six-volume 11801 suite of standards (Note: bold underline added to highlight specific application of volume):
    • AS/NZS 11801.1:2019 ‘Information technology – Generic cabling for customer premises General requirements’. It is a localised version of ISO/IEC 11801-1:2017 and adopted by both Australia and New Zealand. Click here to preview it.
    • AS 11801.2:2019 ‘Information technology – Generic cabling for customer premises Office premises’. It is a localised version of ISO/IEC 11801-2:2017. Click here to preview it.
    • AS 11801.3:2019 ‘Information technology – Generic cabling for customer premises Industrial premises’. It is a localised version of ISO/IEC 11801-3:2017. Click here to preview it.
    • AS 11801.4:2019 ‘Information technology – Generic cabling for customer premises Single-tenant homes’. It is a localised version of ISO/IEC 11801-4:2017. Click here to preview it.
    • AS 11801.5:2019 ‘Information technology – Generic cabling for customer premises Data centres’. It is a localised version of ISO/IEC 11801-5:2017. Click here to preview it.
    • AS 11801.6:2019 ‘Information technology – Generic cabling for customer premises Distributed building services’. It is a localised version of ISO/IEC 11801-6:2017. Click here to preview it.
  • Volumes 2 – 6 have been adopted by Australia only not New Zealand, as identified by the use of just “AS”, for example AS 11801.2.

The ICT industry was encouraged by BICSI South Pacific to obtain the draft versions of these standards to get familiar with them ahead of their release, as well as to comment on them, if there were areas of concern from industry. We thank those members who followed through with our encouragement, contributing to the publication of standards that are more relevant to our industry’s current needs.

BICSI South Pacific also expresses its appreciation to the tireless efforts of the CT-001 committee – many of whom are BICSI members – who worked hard to shape the key ICT infrastructure standard for our markets’ current and future needs.

As an extension of our ‘Setting the Standards’ campaign through 2019, we now encourage all members to at least click on the preview links in this article to get to know these new standards better. Additionally, all those who write or respond to specifications should purchase the relevant volumes ASAP to get familiar with them, and – importantly, list the 11801 suite of standards rather than the 3080 standard they have been referencing for several years.

BICSI South Pacific will provide further updates on the new 11801 suite of standards as more information becomes available to us from Standards Australia and/or the CT-001 committee.