NEBS Requirements: Physical Protection
Document Number GR-63
Issue Number 05
Issue Date Dec 2017
Replaces TR-NWT-000063 Issue05
This Generic Requirements document (GR) presents minimum spatial and environmental criteria for all new telecommunications equipment
used in Central Offices (COs) and other environmentally controlled telecommunications equipment spaces. These criteria were developed
jointly by Telcordia-NIS and industry representatives. They are applicable to switching and transport systems, associated Cable
Distribution Systems (CDSs), Distributing and Interconnecting Frames (DFs and IFs), power equipment, operations support systems, and
Cable Entrance Facilities (CEFs). Compliance with these requirements may increase network robustness, simplify equipment installation,
and promote the economical planning, engineering, and operation of equipment spaces.
Telecommunications equipment, by nature of its physical installation in a building, may be exposed to environmental stresses. The
generic criteria presented in the following sections are intended to help avoid equipment damage and malfunction caused by such things
as temperature and humidity, vibrations, and airborne contaminants; to minimize fire ignitions and fire spread, and to provide for
improved space planning, simplified equipment installation, and increased energy efficiency.
This document provides only those requirements related to the physical aspects of equipment-building interfaces, including physical
dimensions and environmental performance criteria. Additional design requirements, including functional, electrical, and reliability
requirements, may be found in other generic requirements documents.
Issue 5 reflects the collective experience of the participants, the evolving needs of the industry, and developments in related
standards. The changes in Issue 5 include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Explicit criteria for the fire resistance of telecommunications batteries are now provided.
- Certain chassis designs that are proven resistant to fire spread can now claim conformance to the fire spread and fire propagation
hazard criteria based on a physical assessment without fire spread testing.
- Testing for resistance to hygroscopic dust is eliminated for products that operate at voltages that have demonstrated to be highly
immune to leakage current effects.
- The opportunities to leverage test results for resistance to mixed flowing gas have been expanded upon, thus curtailing the need
for this test when products utilize proven designs and manufacturing methods.
Issue 5 of GR-63, NEBS Requirements: Physical Protection, replaces Issue 4.
When using GR-63, you may want to refer to these other related NEBS equipment protection requirements documents: GR-1089,
SR-3580, GR-78, GR-357, GR-487, GR-2930, GR-3160, and various standards and industry forum documentation.
Components of this product are:
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