There are disruptive changes happening in the world of building infrastructure cabling for voice, data, and video.
Some of the world’s leading standards organizations have recently updated their minimum requirements and
recommendations for which cables should be installed — some say CAT6 or better, while others specify CAT6A as
the minimum category cable and OM4 as the minimum optical fiber cable.
This paper explores balanced twisted pair, optical fiber, and coaxial cable families that comprise voice, data, and video
cabling and applications, supplemented by an overview of cable jacket fire ratings, in order to assist professional
technology integrators in specifying appropriate cables to use in future-ready, compliant infrastructure designs.