Fiber Optic Installation standard updated in US

 In Fiber Optic
The American standard NECA/FOA-301 Fiber Optic Installation Standard has been revised and updated in October 2016 after first launch in 2004. The standard NECA/FOA-301 is free – sponsored by the FOA to help the industry. Go to for directions on how to download your free copy. 
The FOA and NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association) in 2001 cooperated to develop the first ANSI standard (American National Standard) covering the installation of fiber optic cable plants. The NECA/FOA-301 standard is unique in the standards world as it was written by contractors and installers for contractors and installers to provide guidelines on how fiber optics should be installed properly. This standard was written to clarify the meaning of the National Electrical Code (NEC) that calls for the installation of equipment in a “neat and workmanlike” manner. The standard covers the installation and testing of the fiber optic cable plant and is intended to be complementary to other appropriate component and testing standards such as those written by TIA and ISO/IEC.
Compared with European standards this NECA/FOA-301 standard covers the execution dimension for contractors with the quality KPI for acceptance which is very good and useful on site for both, Contractor and Customer.

Table Of Contents

1.0 Scope

1.1 Products and Applications Included
1.2 Regulatory and Other Requirements
1.3 Fiber Optic Topologies

2.0 Definitions, Abbreviations, and Acronyms

2.1 Definitions
2.2 Abbreviations and Acronyms

3.0 Safety and Cautions for Fiber Optic Installation

3.1 Fiber Optic Installation Safety
3.2 Cleanliness

4.0 Installation Requirements

4.1 General Guidelines
4.2 Support Structures
4.3 Removal of Abandoned Cables
4.4 Fire Stopping
4.5 Grounding & Bonding

5.0 Fiber Optic Cables

5.1 Cable Types
5.2 Flammability Rating – Cable Ratings and Markings
5.3 Fiber Optic Cable Color Codes
5.4 Installing Fiber Optic Cable
5.5 Cable Plant Hardware
5.6 Use of Cable Ties

6.0 Fiber Optic Termination

6.1 General
6.2 Fiber Optic Connectors
6.3 Fiber Optic Splices

7.0 Testing the Installed Fiber Optic Cable Plant

7.1 General
7.2 Continuity Testing
7.3 Insertion Loss
7.4 OTDR Testing

8.0 Administration, Management and Documentation
8.1 General
Annex A: Calculating The Loss Budget For a Fiber Optic Cable Plant
Annex B: Field Test Requirements
Annex C: Reference Standards



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