March 12, 2009

TIA Publishes New Cabling Standards Designed to Improve Efficiency for Designers, Installers and End Users

Suite of Standards Optimized to Be More Effective in All Types of Premises

Arlington, Va. – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), recently released two highly anticipated cabling standards: the new TIA-568-C.0 Generic Telecommunications Cabling for Customer Premises and the TIA-568-C.1 Commercial Building Telecommunications Cabling Standard revision.

The new standards improve upon and replace TIA-568-B.1 and its addenda, which were reviewed and revised under the cognizance of TIA Engineering Committee TR-42 Telecommunications Cabling Systems, and TR-42.1 Subcommittee on Generic and Commercial Building Telecommunications Cabling. These two new documents will be combined with TIA-568-C.3 Optical Fiber Cabling Components Standard (which was published in June 2008 and is available now) and TIA-568-C.2, Balanced Twisted-Pair Telecommunications Cabling and Components Standard (release expected later in 2009) to become the TIA-568-C suite of standards.

TR-42 Committee Chair Herb Congdon, Manager of Standards and Technology for AMP NETCONNECT Systems at Tyco Electronics, said that during the review process “the committee sought and considered feedback from users of the TIA standards collection, and asked: What can we do to make the standards easier to use? We recognized the need for what we called a generic structured cabling document. And that’s what the 568-C.0 standard is.” Congdon called the new suite of standards “more efficient and effective.”

“The new document [TIA-568-C.0] becomes the foundation for new premises telecommunications cabling infrastructure standards. All of the common information is now contained in one place,” Congdon said.”It also becomes a standard that you can use if there’s not an existing standard that covers the type of premises that you’re working on, say, for example, an airport, and it can get you a baseline network that will work in those type of facilities.”

The purpose of TIA-568-C.0 is to enable the planning and installation of a structured cabling system for all types of customer premises. The standard specifies a system that will support generic telecommunications cabling in a multi-product, multi-vendor environment.

TIA-568-C.0 specifies generic telecommunications cabling requirements, including cabling system structure, topologies and distances, installation, performance and testing.

Additional requirements are detailed in standards specific to types of premises. For example, TIA-568-C.1 contains additional requirements applicable to office-oriented commercial building cabling.

To hear an in-depth podcast interview with Congdon, in which he discusses the TIA-568-C suite of standards, go to

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TR-42 member companies include: 3M Communication Markets Division; ADC Telecommunications, Inc.; Agilent Technologies, Inc.; Allied Telephone and Data Corp.; Anixter, Inc; AT&T; Avaya; Baxter Enterprises; Beast Cabling Systems; Bechtel Telecom; Bel Stewart Connectors; Belden Networks Division; Berk-Tek; Broadcom Corporation; BTR Netcom, Inc.; Business Communication Services; C2 Consulting; Chatsworth Products, Inc.; CIENA Corporation; Cisco Systems, Inc.; CommScope Network Solutions; CommScope, Inc.; Connectivity Technologies, Inc.; Corning Cable Systems; Corning, Inc.; CSI Telecommunications, Inc.; dbi; Defense Information Systems Agency; Defense Supply Center, Columbus; Diamond USA, Inc.; Direct Optical Research Co.; Draka Comteq Optical Fibre; DYMO (RHINO); Emtelle US, Inc.; ERICO, Inc.; Erico, Inc. Caddy Fastener Division; EXFO E.O. Engineering, Inc.; Experior Photonics, Inc.; FiberSource Inc.; Fluke Networks; Furukawa Industrial S.A.; Gemalto INC; General Cable; Graybar; Greenlee Textron Inc.; Harger, Inc.; HARTING, Inc. of North America; Henkels & McCoy Inc.; Hitachi Cable, Ltd.; Homaco; Hubbell Premise Wiring; ICC; Ideal Industries, Inc.; Intertek Testing Services; ITW Linx; J&M Consultants, Inc.; JDSU; JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Kish, Paul; KITCO Fiber Optics; Leviton Network Solutions; Luna Technologies; MC Communications; Megger; Molex Inc.; Motorola, Inc.; National Technical Systems (NTS); NetGemini, Inc.; NIES (Nexans Intel. Ent. Solutions); Nortel Networks; Northwest Information Services; Noyes Fiber Systems; ODVA Open Devicenet Vendor Association, Inc.; OFS; Ortronics, Inc.; Panasonic Electric Works Laboratory of America; Panduit Corporation; Phoenix Contact; Photon Kinetics, Inc.; PPC; Quabbin Wire & Cable Co., Inc.; RIT Technologies Inc.; RTKL Associates Inc.; Siemon Company, The; Signamax Connectivity Systems, Inc.; SMP Data Communications Inc.; Soapstone Networks; Solvay Solexis; Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Corp; Superior Essex; Surtec America; Telcordia Technologies, Inc.; Tellabs, Inc.; The Fiber Optic Association; The Siemon Company; The Wiremold Company; Timbercon, Inc.; Tyco Electronics; U.S. Dept. of Commerce; UL Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.; US Conec LTD; Wiltec Technologies; Xtellus Dynamic Optics; Yazaki N.A., Y-Connect.

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