In order to utilize the utility infrastructure for communications services, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is currently developing outside plant code requirements, rules, and processes for in-building solution cabling.
According to official documents, PTA plans to create an advising code for outside plants that local governments can use to make sure that communications ducts and related access points are installed on new highways, railroads, and walkways.
Additionally, guidelines for the neutral hosts in commercial buildings, as well as requirements for in-building communications wiring, will be defined.
The usage of the communication infrastructure owned and operated by utility infrastructure owners, as well as the infrastructure of electricity, gas, and water networks, will be governed by guidelines on standard procedures and terms and conditions.
According to the documents, PTA is concentrating on national telecom equipment standards, exterior plant code, in-building wiring standards, and utilization of utility infrastructure to reduce costs.
What is an Outside Plant?
The following definitions of “outside plant” are applicable to telecommunications:
- The term “outside plant” in the context of telecommunications refers to all of the actual cables and supporting structures (such as conduit, cabinets, towers, or poles), as well as any auxiliary equipment (such as repeaters), that are situated between a demarcation point in one switching facility and a demarcation point in another switching center a customer location.
- The communications hardware between a main distribution frame (MDF) and a user-end instrument is what the Department of Defense (DOD) in the US refers to as an outside plant.
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