Data cable (copper)


Data transport with a twist

Telecom copper cables are available in many different configurations and are applied in telecom networks. Their composition depends on what data needs to be transferred. Within the telecom segment copper cables are used that are composed in clusters of four copper veins of 0.5 mm each. Around these veins there is a plastic coating, these groups are bundled into several groups, such as 1×4, 6×4, till a maximum of 450×4. Around these groups swelling tape is applied, with an aluminium shield around it. These two materials ensure the impenetrability by water cross-ways. Between groups an aqua-block is injected at intervals which makes it impenetrable to lateral water flows as well. On top of the aluminium foil an inner coating is applied covered with a layer of foam, steel wire to arm it and an outer coating. For low-metal telecom cables, the steel wiring is left out while the outer coating is made of a tougher type of PE (polyethylene). From the core (bundled groups) of the telecom cables, it is also possible to choose for a PVC coating for indoor-cabling. Infraconcepts will stand by your side to compose the prefect copper cable(s) for your project.


Data cables (copper) are applied in data- and LAN-networks. For computer networks and to create connections between patch-panels or active devices. Usually CAT-cables are used. CAT-cables consist of two copper veins, each covered with a plastic coating. Each pair is twisted and if several pairs are housed in one cable, each of them has its own speed. Around the pairs, foil may be applied as a protection. Foil may also be applied around the clusters of pairs. The various categories of CAT-cables are related to the quality of data transfer.

You decide

Choose your composition depending on the application and the network.

Telecom cables:

  • GPEW-cables (known as Norm 92), armed copper cables for outdoor.
  • HPEW-cables, low-metal, armed copper cables for outdoor.
  • GPVC-cables (known as Norm 88), armed copper cables for indoor.
  • PVC-cables (known as Norm 88), armed copper cables for indoor.

Data cables:

  • UTP (Unshielded Twisted Pair) for telecom and computer networks.
  • FTP (Foiled Twisted Pair) is a UTP-cable with shielding foil.

Both UTP and FTP cables are available in categories:

  • CAT1 and CAT2: Were mainly used for analogous telecom and ISDN (CAT1), or in token-ring networks (CAT2). They do not have an official standard and are rarely used nowadays.
  • CAT3: For standardised networks with frequencies up to 16 MHz.
  • CAT4 and CAT5: Don’t have an official standard, are used at low frequencies and few megabits in token-ring (CAT4), and at a slightly higher frequency and 100 megabits (CAT 5). They are unsuitable for gigabit networks.
  • CAT5e: For standardised networks of 100 megabit and 1 gigabit.
  • CAT6: High frequency in 1-gigabit networks.
  • CAT6a: Is applied in 10-gigabit networks.
  • CAT7: High frequency in 10-gigabit networks.

Your advantages

  • Flexible: Great number of different compositions available.
  • Fast: Fast data transfer through development.
  • Standard: Many active devices and computers are still equipped with CAT-cable sockets.

More information

For more information or advice on Data cables (copper) from Infraconcepts you are welcome to contact one of our advisors at any time.

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