Telecommunications Technical Standard (Surge Protective Devices for Telecommunication Applications - AS / NZS 4117) 2015 - Australian Government


You are required to comply with this technical standard if you manufacture, supply or modify individual stand-alone surge protective devices that are designed or intended to be:

  • used to suppress the effect of transient overvoltage
  • connected between telecommunications conductors or between a telecommunication conductor and the protective earth system.

The purpose of this technical standard is to help protect the:

  • integrity of a telecommunications network or a facility
  • health and safety of people who operate, work on, use or may be affected by the operation of a telecommunications network or facility.

It is also intended to ensure that customer equipment:

  • can be used to give access to an emergency call service
  • is interoperable with a telecommunications network.

Service type

Code of Practice

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Act(s) name

Telecommunications Act 1997 Australian Government

Administering agency

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

Australian Communications and Media Authority

Communications Infrastructure

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