TIA Issues Call for Interest for Revisions of the ANSI/TIA-568 Standards for Telecommunications Network Cabling

by | Jul 10, 2013 | IT, UC

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TIA logoArlington, VA (July 10, 2013) – The Telecommunications Industry Association’s (TIA) TR-42 Engineering Committee on Telecommunications Cabling Systems has issued a call for interest for the fourth revision of three ANSI/TIA-568 standards, specifically: ANSI/TIA-568.0-D, entitled “Generic Telecommunications Cabling for Customer Premises;” TIA-568.1-D, entitled “Commercial Building Telecommunications Cabling Standard;” and ANSI/TIA-568.3-D, entitled “Optical Fiber Cabling Component Standard.”

“In today’s connected world, it’s all too easy to take voice communications, data, and use of the Internet for granted,” said Grant Seiffert, president of TIA.  “Everyone expects access, whether you are in the office, at the factory, in your own home or even at the hospital.  The TR-42 Engineering Committee has been working hard for years to standardize the telecommunications infrastructure that makes those connections possible.  TIA is dedicated to making sure industry standards keep pace with new technologies, capabilities and products, and we look forward to working with the telecommunications community to modernize network cabling requirements and guidelines.”

The TIA TR-42.1 Subcommittee is updating the generic telecommunications cabling requirements for the ANSI/TIA-568.0-D standard.  The standard specifies requirements for generic cabling system structure, application support, topologies and distances, installation, performance, and testing.  The 568.0-D standard serves as the foundation for all premises cabling standards developed in TR-42, including the developing premises standards for educational facilities and places of assembly.

The standards project for TIA-568.1-D specifies requirements for office-oriented telecommunications cabling within a commercial building and between commercial buildings in a campus environment.  It specifies cabling topology, lists cabling requirements, establishes cabling distances, sets telecommunications outlet/connector configurations, and provides additional useful information

The standards project for TIA-568.3-D, being developed in Subcommittee TR-42.11, is focused on premises optical fiber cabling and components.  Specified in this standard are requirements for cable, connectors, connecting hardware and cords.  Connectivity arrangements formed from these components are also specified in this standard, as are connector test requirements and guidelines for field testing.

The stakeholders for these standards projects include, but are not limited to: network designers; installers; building owners; building tenants, and facility operators.

TIA is actively seeking participation in these projects from the user and general interest communities.  To inquire about participating in TIA standards developing efforts, please contact the TIA Technology & Standards Department at 703-907-7000 or via e-mail at standards@tiaonline.org.

“The evolution of key telecommunications standards is a collective, continuing effort,” said Ray Emplit, Engineering Manager at OBO Betterman and Chair of the TR-42.1 Subcommittee.  “There’s rarely a shortage of subject matter to consider, and a revision gives the committees a chance to make decisions to truly benefit the industry.  It’s not uncommon to see the contribution of even more new subjects when a revision project is announced.”

“One of the key technological innovations today is the development of performance, testing and connections of Category 8 cabling to support the next generation of Ethernet applications on balanced twisted-pair cabling,” said Valerie Maguire, Global Sales Engineer at The Siemon Company and Vice-Chair of the TR-42.7 Engineering Subcommittee.  “Incorporating new technologies, like Category 8, is key to the revision process.”

A major function of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) is the writing and maintenance of voluntary industry standards and specifications.  These activities are carried out by the volunteer members of TIA engineering committees.  On the public TIA engineering committee WEB pages, users will find recent meeting reports, agendas and notices for upcoming meetings, as well as links to some of the most popular standards from each committee.  TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

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