Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) is twisted pair cabling that does not have any sort of cable shielding. Shielded Twisted Pair (STP) does contain additional shielding, however it is for reducing electromagnetic interference and does not provide any fire protection.
Twisted pair cabling is a type of communications cable in which two conductors of a single circuit are twisted together for the purposes of improving electromagnetic compatibility. Compared to a single conductor or an untwisted balanced pair, a twisted pair reduces electromagnetic radiation from the pair and crosstalk between neighbouring pairs and improves rejection of external electromagnetic interference. It was invented by Alexander Graham Bell.For additional noise immunity, twisted-pair cabling may be shielded. Cable with shielding is known as shielded twisted pair (STP) and without as unshielded twisted pair (UTP).