When to use fibre optic cabling with communal aerial systems
The advantage of using fibre optic cabling in communal aerial installations is realised where the cabling lengths are long or apartment blocks are extremely large due to signal losses incurred.
In small apartment blocks and buildings, there is no technical advantage to using fibre over coaxial and our engineers would not recommend fibre because the cost is significantly higher.
Whether your requirements are large or small (2 or 700 outlets), single or multiple, we will be more than happy to provide help, upgrade advice, design expertise and costings.
Communal aerial installation services: what we provide
We can provide detailed system designs to include:
Communal aerial TV installations: legislation and specifications
All of our communal TV systems comply fully with the following legislation and specifications:
- BS EN 60728 which covers system design, installation & performance.
- BS EN 50117 which covers types of coaxial cabling used.
- BS EN 60966 which covers cabling connections.
- CAI Code of Practice for the Installation of Terrestrial & Satellite TV Reception Systems.
- Sky Homes Specification for New Build IRS
- Including the new Sky Q operation requirements.
Fully qualified and trained: communal aerial engineers with specialist skills
All our engineers are fully qualified for installing FIRS and IRS in blocks of flats and know the range of common problems linked to communal TV systems and the equipment involved in them. They are trained in:
- CAI Foundation Diploma in Signal Reception.
- Working at heights and Harness training certificates.
- Ukata Asbestos awareness certificates.
- Skilled CSCS Cards.
- SMSTS or SSSTS certificates.
Health and safety is at the centre of all our services. To reassure yourself of this, please feel free to review our Health & Safety section for further details and phone us on the number below if you have any questions.
Need a trusted company to install or repair your communal satellite, Freeview and aerial system? Call us today on 020 88945665 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
FAQs – communal aerial installations
Who is responsible for a communal aerial?
That depends on the communal aerial installation system. Generally the residents own an installed communal aerial system, unless it has been leased or rented from the installation company. Generally the system will be maintained by the appointed residents’ managing agents.
How do I connect to a communal aerial?
That depends on the communal aerial system installed on your block. Advice should be obtained from the managing agent or the company who provided it. You must not try to connect to the communal aerial system yourself or let someone who is not qualified do this, as this could affect the reception of other occupants in the building.
What sort of communal aerial problems are there?
There are many problems that can arise with communal aerial systems, especially with installations that have been carried out by unqualified communal aerial installers. A poorly designed system can also cause problems as can a dish blown off direction or damaged by poor weather conditions. Other issues that affect the function of communal aerials are lightning strikes, faulty equipment or user error.
What does a communal TV system look like?
That depends on the block. There isn’t really a standard communal aerial TV system installation. If you check out our projects page there are schematics for systems we have installed recently.