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Now offers smarter Optical Fibre Cables compliant with Construction Products Regulation (CPR) harmonised European EU305/2011

The European Commission has set aggressive targets for the deployment of broadband by 2025. To ensure that our customers achieve these targets, Sterlite Tech has partnered with leading global telecom operators, ISPs and municipalities to realise the European Commission’s aggressive targets to create a Gigabit society through ultra-fast internet access by 2025 - 1 Gbps connectivity for providers of public services and digitally intensive enterprises, 100 Mbps speed for all urban and rural homes, and uninterrupted 5G broadband coverage for all urban areas. Fibre connectivity is imperative to realise this vision, and as a leader in creating smarter digital infrastructures, Sterlite Tech is enabling this roll-out in Europe and other geographies.

Enriching the global telecom industry portfolio are our high-quality, harmonised Construction Products Regulation (CPR) EU Regulation 305/2011 compliant Optical Fibre Cables. With measured Euroclass CE Marking and Labelling, Sterlite Tech’s innovative range of flame retardant optical fibre cables significantly improve safety in buildings & civil engineering works.

With the regulation mandatory from July 1, 2017, Sterlite Tech’s CPR-compliant optical communication products are available from March 2017, thereby giving smarter network experience through long-lasting performance, efficiency and scalability to our clients across Europe and other geographies.

What is Construction Products Regulation (CPR)?

CPR - EU Regulation No. 305/2011 was passed on March 9, 2011 by the European Commission that replaced Construction Products Directive -89/106/EEC. The rules laid down under this new regulation are meant to harmonise technical specifications (i.e. product standards) for marketing construction products in the European Union. The rules under this regulation are accepted by all member states of the European Union and by the regulatory authorities, manufacturers, distributors, contractors and end users. CPR covers each and every construction product including optical fibre cables that are permanently used in civil engineering works or buildings in Europe. CPR-compliant products must be CE marked and must possess Declaration of Performance.

Our CPR-compliant Optical Fibre cables:-

  • DROP-LITE 2F- 24F Unitube Single Jacket Flame Retardant Fibre Optic Cable
  • DROP-LITE 2F- 24F Unitube Single Jacket Glass Armoured Flame Retardant Optical Fibre Cable
  • ARMOR-LITE® 2F-24F Unitube Single Jacket Steel Tape Armoured Flame Retardant Optical Fibre Cable
  • ARMOR-LITE® 2F-24F Unitube Single Jacket Steel Wire Armoured Flame Retardant Optical Fibre Cable
  • ARMOR-LITE® 12F-432F Multitube Single Jacket Glass Armoured Flame Retardant Optical Fibre Cable
  • DUCT-LITE® 12F-432F Multitube Single Jacket Flame Retardant Optical Fibre Cable
  • Visit our knowledge centre for technical information of these products.

FAQs

Benefits of CPR

  • Provides harmonised technical specifications, thereby removing technical complexities earlier encountered by stakeholders while assessing performance of construction products.
  • Provides reliable information to all stakeholders and assists in comparing construction products offered by various manufacturers.
  • Assists stakeholders in specifying performance of construction products desired by them.
  • Information of a given construction product is clearly mentioned in the Declaration of Performance.
  • Harmonised testing system known as Assessment and Verification of Constancy of Performance (AVCP) under CPR ensures that test results of construction products are accurate and reliable.

What is CE mark and how it would assist our clients in the EU?

  • Through CE marking a manufacturer assure that the performance of construction product is same as the performance declared in the Declaration of Performance (DoP).
  • As per EN 50575 which is a harmonised European Standard encompassing reaction to fire requirements for power, control and communication cables in building or construction works, CE marking is affixed regardless of the level of performances declared by the manufacturer.
  • It is not only affixed on the cable but also on the label attached to the drums, boxes and coils.
  • CE marking along with DoP assists customers and final users to evaluate the performance of a construction product/s with respect to other construction product/s of similar category.

What are Euroclasses and additional criteria?

  • It is a system of classification of performances, where cables are classified into one of 7 classes namely A, B1, B2, C, D, E and F under CPR, with A having highest performance and F having lowest performance.
Euroclass(ca) Main Classification Additional classes Notified Body or Testing Lab Involved and System of assessment
A

EN ISO 1716
Gross heat of combustion test

(Required)
 

System 1+

Third party notified body carry out:

Initial Type Testing,

Initial Inspection Audit (IIA)

Continuous Surveillance Audit (CSA) of Factory Production Control (FPC) 

B1

EN 50399
Gross heat of combustion test

(Required)


EN 60332-1-2
Flame propagation

(Required)

Smoke production
(s1a, s1b, s2, s3)
EN 50399 (Required)

,EN 61034-2 (Optional)

Acidity
(a1 , a2, a3)
EN 50267-2-3

Flaming droplets
(d0, d1 , d2)
EN 50399 (Required)
B2
C
D
E

EN 60332-1-2
Flame propagation test (Required)

 

System 3

Third party notified testing laboratory carry out:-

Initial type testing

Factory Production Control (FPC) by manufacturer

F    

System 4

Manufacturer carries out:-

Initial type testing and FPC

What is Declaration of Performance (DoP)?

  • It shows the performance of construction products, including cables, with respect to the essential characteristics of those products. Manufacturer, importer, distributor are legally responsible to conform their products performance as declared in DoP.
  • Product’s intended use and its essential characteristics are covered in DoP.

What are the obligations of a manufacturer?

  • Declaration of Performance (DoP) is defined as per the standardised template.
  • Establishing and keeping supporting technical documents for a period of ten years.
    Manufacturers are required to implement and audit Factory Production Control (FPC) certification and a Notified Body (NB) [It is an independent, third-party body recognised by the European Union] for AVCP certificate. Affixing CE marking that consists not only CE logo but also detailed information about the manufacturer, the product and the AVCP certificate.

What are the obligations of importer and distributor?

  • Making sure that the product bears the CE marking, DoP and associated information about the product and its manufacturer.
  • Importer, distributor become subject to the obligations of a manufacturer. When a product is placed on the market under his name.

What is the responsibility of end users?

  • While working with the project team to draw up specifications, end users should go through CPR, specifically the requirements of individual characteristics.
  • End users should review the DoP from the manufacturer.
  • Compliance with local building regulations should also be followed by end users.
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