This paper by the Fiberoptic Industry Association (FIA) reviews the implications of using low cost imported products that claim to be “Category 5” or “Category 5e” using Copper Clad Aluminium (CCA) conductors. This document supports many others prepared by suppliers and trade associations around the world, including the CCCA.
Cables containing CCA conductors masquerade as standards-compliant “Category 5” or “Category 5e” products –
tempting users to specify them and installers to use them. However, they do not comply with any recognised cable standard in the North America, international or European arenas.