New SCTE standard more than symbolic

Mon, 03/17/2003 - 7:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers has approved a new standard designed to provide common graphic symbols for use on cable system plant maps.

The standard, entitled Graphic Symbols for Cable Telecommunications Part 1-HFC Symbols (SCTE 87-1 2003), was developed by the SCTE's Construction and Maintenance Subcommittee. CommScope's Fred Wilkenloh chairs the committee, and SCTE board member Sally Kinsman chairs the Graphic Symbols Working Group.

The new standard "allows vendors, construction contractors and operators to immediately understand any map they use during construction and maintenance of cable infrastructure without first trying to interpret unique symbols," said Kinsman, in a statement.

Symbols covered by the standard include elements such as poles, powering and optical devices and underground designations.

The SCTE created the standard after revamping a document originally created by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association and the SCTE in 1985. It was last updated in 1999.


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