A communication cable is an electrical cable that sends signals from one location to another. The distances can be measured from meters to kilometers and traverse mountains, oceans, buildings, and data centers. They are also found inside most types of electronic equipment, from Networking gear to radios to computers to microwave ovens. Communication cables typically handle low voltages at low currents across a wide range of frequencies. On the other hand, power cables handle high voltage and current, typically at 60 Hz AC or DC.
There are many communication cables, including twisted pair copper wire, coaxial cables, fiber optic cables, and data/ethernet cables. They can be manufactured from copper to optical fiber. The insulating materials are designed to protect the cable from environmental conditions. They include polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyurethane (PUR), thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), and many others.
Communication cables are used in voice/telephone transmission, industrial settings routing signals to equipment such as robotic units, network installations with Ethernet, and equipment such as computers and other electronic devices.