Data Cabling and Networking

Comptel Australia specialises in all facets of cabling – from design to installation.

Ranging from cat 5e, cat 6, cat 6a, cat 7 to fibre cables, we provide total cabling solutions, management and certifications.

The certification of the installed cabling is critical to ensure integrity. We will supply test results and documentation upon request prior to commencement of the installation.

  • CAT5e:  Category 5e is the current Gigabit standard basic cable with performances up to 100 MHz. It is an unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) cable and contains four pairs of twisted copper wire. It comes in two main varieties, solid and stranded.
  • CAT6: Category 6 cable is also a Gigabit cable made up of four pairs of twisted copper wire, but its capabilities exceeds CAT5e because of one particular structural difference: a longitudinal separator or spine. This separator isolates each of the four pairs of twisted wire which  reduces crosstalk. It also comes in two main varieties, solid or stranded.
  • CAT6a: Category 6a cable is a 10 Gigabit cable with 600 MHz with an overall shield only.
  • CAT 7: Category 7 cable is a 10 Gigabit cable with performance up to 1200 MHz. This is achieved by requiring each of its twisted wire pairs to be fully shielded. It completely eliminates alien crosstalk. The downside is its high installation costs and challenging connectivity issues.
  • Fibre: Fibre optic cables are made up of super-thin filaments of glass or other transparent materials that can carry beams of light. As they are based entirely on beams of light, they are less susceptible to interference than other data-transfer mediums such as copper wires. They are used for installations where the distance exceeds 90 meters and are usually placed underground in a campus environment.

What is the difference between the types of cable – UTP, Patch, Stranded, Solid

UTP stands for Unshielded Twisted Pair. It is a cable type with pairs of twisted insulated copper conductors contained in a single sheath. UTP cables are the most common type of cabling used in desktop communications applications.

Stranded cable has several small gauge wires in each separate insulation sleeve. Stranded cable is more flexible, making it more suitable for shorter distances, such as patch cords.

Solid has one larger gauge wire in each sleeve. Solid cable has better electrical performance than stranded cable and is traditionally used for inside walls and through ceilings – any type of longer run of cable.

Patch Cables are made of stranded copper conductors for flexibility. This construction is great for the flexing and the frequent changes that occur at the wall outlet or patch panel.


Network Design

The Comptel Australia has extensive experience in the design of LAN, WAN networks.

This mix of multi vendor and multi disciplinary skill sets within the company enables us to be totally objective and ensures the appropriate solution for our clients.