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Data Cabling in Buildings in UAE

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Who regulates data cabling installation in new buildings?

The UAE government regulates voice and data cabling installation for all the buildings in the country. This is to ensure that the building cabling meets certain minimum specifications, set up by the country’s telecom companies. UAE has two telecom service providers – Etisalat and Du. While Etisalat is the telecom service provider all over the UAE, Du is present mostly in Dubai. 


and qualified data cabling companies do the wiring installation. Thus, to get a trade license that permits data cabling installation, you need to obtain approval from TRA first. The data cabling companies also need to register with Etisalat and Du to apply for cabling NOC. UAE government regulation requires that data cabling in any new building comply with the wiring guidelines of Etisalat or Du. If the building cabling meets the wiring standards, tenants can easily subscribe to the telecom services of Etisalat / Du. Standards-based cabling also ensures delivery of high-quality telecom services to the subscribers. Therefore, UAE government’s regulation of data cabling installation results in a win-win outcome for all parties.

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How is Installation of Data Cabling Regulated?

In UAE, the government controls the data cabling installation in new buildings from start to finish. First of all, to get the construction permit, you need to submit cabling design drawings to municipal officers. These design drawings should be with the approval stamp of the telecom service provider of the area. Next, your cabling contractor has to obtain block wiring NOC from the telecom service provider. For this, the cabling contractor would need to submit shop drawings and details of all products to Etisalat / Du. Finally, when installation is complete, the cabling contractor should call the service provider for an inspection. If the cabling installation complies with the standards, the service provider will issue a wiring completion NOC. This NOC is one of the required documents for getting the building completion certificate.

    What are the Wiring Guidelines of Etisalat and Du?

    Both Etisalat and Du have detailed wiring guidelines for different types of buildings. Both of them specify the implementation of GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Network) cabling. GPON is an international network standard. It enables delivery of different types of telecom services, like video, data, and voice, over a single fiber optic cable. GPON requires the installation of fiber optic cable from a central location to each unit (home/office/shop). GPON cabling design comprises of conventional FTTH (Fiber-to-the-home) wiring, with Cat.6 structured cabling inside each unit. However, Etisalat and Du also have some differences in their specifications for GPON implementation.

    Etisalat’s Guidelines for Data Cabling Installation

    Etisalat’s design guide specifies the wiring architecture for various types of buildings. The guide also defines the size and acceptable locations for the Main Telecom Room (MTR), and cable containment. As per the Etisalat standard, every building or compound of villas should have the Main Telecom Room (MTR). Etisalat’s incoming multi-core fiber optic cable should terminate in the MTR.  Every unit should have a cabling cabinet. These cabinets should be the central location connecting all the Cat.6 cabling outlets within that unit. A  2-core single mode drop fiber cable should link the MTR to these indoor wiring cabinets. For high-rise buildings, there should be a telephone room with fiber distribution cabinet every few floors. The choice of telephone room’s location is dependent on the number of units on each floor. The indoor cabinet of each unit should link to these floor telephone rooms by a 2-core drop fiber cable. Whereas, the MTR should connect to these floor telecom rooms through multi-core fiber optic cables. Fiber splitters installed in the MTR split the signal and distribute it over the drop fiber cables to each unit. Etisalat also specifies that all the fiber connector interfaces should be SC/APC. Further, it asks for mechanical splicing for joining the fiber cables to the connectors. Download Etisalat Design Guide for Data Cabling in New Buildings


    Data Cabling Installation Guidelines from Du

    Data cabling design guidelines of Du are similar to those of Etisalat. They have the same basic design, but, there are some significant technical differences. For example, Du Telecom specifies LC/APC interface for the connectors. Whereas, Etisalat asks for SC/APC interface. Du requires fusion splicing of the fiber cable with pigtails. However, Etisalat asks for mechanical splicing of connectors. There are some other minor differences as regards the design of MTR and rack cabinet dimensions. Download Du Telecom’s Design Guide for Data Cabling in New Buildings


    QuickData is among the leading data cabling companies in Dubai, with many data cabling installation projects for telecom services. As a cabling installation company, we have wired residential as well as commercial buildings. We have cabled buildings as per Etisalat requirements, and we also wired buildings as per Du’s specifications. QuickData is a professionally recognized data cabling company. We have a license from TRA to sell and install voice and data cabling. We are also registered with both the telecom service providers of UAE – Etisalat and Du. This registration gives us access to the online portals of the service providers for applying for cabling approvals.

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