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Backbone Cabling System Structure

The backbone cabling system provides interconnections between telecommunications rooms, equipment rooms, main terminal space, and entrance facilities. It includes backbone cables, intermediate and main cross-connects, mechanical terminations, and patch cords or jumpers used for backbone-to-backbone cross-connections. The backbone also extends between buildings in a campus environment.

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Some points specified for the backbone cabling subsystem include:

  • Equipment connections to backbone cabling should be made with cable lengths of 30m (98 ft.) or less.
  • The backbone cabling shall be configured in a star topology. Each horizontal cross-connect is connected directly to a main cross-connect or to an intermediate cross-connect, then to a main cross-connect.
  • The backbone is limited to no more than two hierarchical levels of cross-connects (main and intermediate). No more than one cross-connect may exist between a main and a horizontal cross-connect and no more than three cross-connects may exist between any two horizontal crossconnects.
  • A total maximum backbone distance of 90m (295 ft.) is specified for high bandwidth capability over copper. This distance is for uninterrupted backbone runs. (No intermediate cross-connect).
  • The distance between the terminations in the entrance facility and the main cross-connect shall be documented and should be made available to the service provider.
  • Recognized media may be used individually or in combination, as required by the installation. Quantity of pairs and fibers needed in individual backbone runs depends on the area served. Recognized backbone cables are:
100 Ω UTP
100 Ohm UTPEnlarge this image
100 Ω F/UTP
100 Ohm F/UTPEnlarge this image
100 Ω S/FTP
100 Ohm S/FTPEnlarge this image
50/125μm or 62.5/125μm
Multimode Optical Fiber
Multimode Optical FiberEnlarge this image
Singlemode Optical Fiber
Singlemode Optical FiberEnlarge this image
  • Multi-pair cable is allowed, provided that it satisfies the power sum crosstalk requirements.
  • The proximity of backbone cabling to sources of electromagnetic interference (EMI) shall be taken into account.
  • Cross-connects for different cable types shall be located in the same facilities.
  • Bridged taps and splitters are not allowed.
In ISO/IEC 11801:2002, the equivalent cabling elements to the main cross-connect (MC) and intermediate cross-connect (IC) are called the campus distributor (CD) and building distributor (BD) respectively.