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At 4Cabling we pride ourselves on selling great quality cable, patch leads and accessories at very competitive prices.
If other suppliers don't have an "A-Tick" and the ACA supplier code on their Patch Leads ,don't buy it! It cannot be legally connected to the Australian communication network!
Note: Non-approved product is available on the Australian market and is often less expensive due to the use of less copper or CCA, flammable PVC jackets or poorer production methods.
That’s why we only sell 100% copper cable.
The cable and patch lead market is currently flooded with Copper Coated Aluminium (CCA) leads.
These leads may offer your supplier higher profit margins and you slightly cheaper prices, but they do come at a price.
CCA cables substitute 100% copper for a mixture of aluminium and a thin coating of copper, this reduces cost but does come with some serious drawbacks.
Installers using CCA cable can experience consequences ranging from the relatively minor to catastrophic. Due to its higher resistance, compared to copper cable (as mandated by the standards), CCA installations may suffer degraded data throughput for similar length cable runs.
Also with the increased use of devices powered via Ethernet, the use of CCA cable will result in increased power dissipation in the cable which could result in the cable properties degrading and overheating over time.
Furthermore CCA cables will typically not pass a stringent CAT5e or CAT6 test to ISO/IEC 61935.1 or AS/NZS Class D or E standards.
In addition to this, Under the Telecommunications Act 1997 (the Act), there are several offences that apply to the supply or installation of CCA cable for customer cabling. These include the following:
Section 411 of the Act provides it is an offence to connect incorrectly labeled customer equipment or customer cabling. The maximum penalty that a court could impose upon conviction is $13,200
Section 413 of the Act provides that it is an offence to supply unlabelled and/or non-compliant customer cabling. The maximum penalty that a court could impose upon conviction is $11,000
Section 414 of the Act provides that it is an offence to apply a compliance label to telecommunications customer cabling that does not meet the requirements of the ACMA mandated standards. Any CCA cable that carries an A-tick compliance mark would be the subject of an offence. The maximum penalty that a court could impose upon conviction is $11,000.
Under section 453A of the Act, authorized ACMA officers can also issue a telecommunications infringement notice with an associated monetary penalty to an individual or body corporate that has committed an offence, in lieu of having the matter heard in a court.
It’s vital to choose patch leads that compliment your network and that’s why you can be confident that at 4Cabling we only sell 100% copper patch leads, fully tested and compliant to Australian Standards.