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Generic Requirements for Handholes and Other Below-Ground Splice Vaults


Document Number GR-902
Issue Number 02
Issue Date Mar 2013
Replaces TR-TSY-000902 Issue01
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    ABSTRACT: This Generic Requirements document (GR) outlines the Telcordia proposed generic requirements for handholes and other below-ground
    splice vaults intended to house telecommunications components used in an outside plant environment. All handholes covered in this
    document are intended for non-deliberate traffic applications. These products may house GR-771, Generic Requirements for Fiber
    Optic Splice Closures
    , or GR-3151, Generic Requirements for Copper Splice Closures, type closures used for the
    distribution of telephone service or coaxial taps, and fiber optic passive elements used to distribute broadband services.

    Handholes are plastic or polymer concrete structures set below ground with their lids flush to the surrounding soil, turf, footpath,
    or road surface. These products can be used to:
    • House and protect copper, coaxial, and optical fiber telephone cable splices and distribution elements

    • Provide convenient access to, while safeguarding, cable termination and branch points

    • Provide flexibility and access for installation operations (e.g., pulling or blowing cables).


    These below-ground handholes and splice vaults provide mechanical and environmental protection for the splices contained within
    them, allow access for craftsperson work activities, and discourage access by unauthorized persons.

    Issue 2 includes new technical requirements based on Telcordia field and lab analysis. It provides loading requirements for the four
    basic environment zones:
    • Light Duty: Pedestrian Only

    • Medium Duty: Pedestrian and Light Incidental Vehicular Traffic

    • Heavy Duty: Non-Deliberate (Incidental) Vehicular Traffic - Class 7

    • Heavy Duty: Non-Deliberate (Incidental) Vehicular Traffic - Class 8


    In addition, various requirements and test procedures have been edited to improve clarity and provide more details to help ensure
    consistent implementation of product test programs between laboratories.

    Issue 2 of GR-902 replaces Issue 1 (which replaced TR-TSY-000902).


    Components of this product are:
    GR-902-CORE

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