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Below is a glossary of important standards for your reference.


  • ANSI/TIA-568-C.0
    • Industry recognized standards for generic cabling for customer premises
  • ANSI/TIA-568-C.1
    • Industry recognized standards for commercial building telecommunications
  • ANSI/TIA-568-C.2
    • Industry recognized standard for balanced twisted-pair telecommunications cabling and components standards
  • ANSI/TIA-568-C.3
    • Industry recognized standard for optical fiber cabling components


As the complexity of voice and data telecommunications has increased, standards have been established to maintain the operability, flexibility, manageability and longevity of these critical commercial support systems. These standards are intended to provide for a generic structured cabling plant, capable of running any voice or data application foreseeable in the next 10 to 15 years.


  • ANSI/TIA/EIA-606-A 
    • Modern buildings require an effective telecommunications infrastructure to support the wide variety of services that rely on the electronic transport of information. Administration includes basic documentation and timely updating of drawings, labels and record.
    • Administrative record keeping plays an increasingly necessary role in the flexibility and management of frequent moves, adds and changes. This booklet concisely describes the administrative record-keeping elements of a modern structured cabling system.
  • J-STD-607-A
    • This standard specifies uniform telecommunications grounding and bonding infrastructure that should be followed within commercial buildings.
    • Advancements in voice communications and the convergence of voice and data communications led to increasingly complex interactive systems owned and maintained by the end-user. These systems require a reliable electrical ground-reference potential.
  • ANSI/TIA-942
    • The purpose of this standard is to provide requirements and guidelines for the design and installation of a data center or computer room.
    • It is intended for designers who need a comprehensive understanding of the data center design including the facility planning, the cabling system, and the network design.
  • ANSI/TIA-1005
    • This standard helps to enable the planning and installation of telecommunications cabling infrastructure within and between industrial buildings.
    • In contrast to the ANSI/TIA/EIA-568, which addresses commercial buildings, the central concept of this standard is the potential exposure to hostile environments in the industrial space
  • ISO 11801 - The International Standard provides:
    • Users with an application independent generic cabling system capable of supporting a wide range of applications
    • Users with a flexible cabling scheme so that modifications are both easy and economical
    • Building professionals (e.g., architects) guidance on the accommodation of cabling at the initial stages of development.
  • IEEE 802.3af
    • The IEEE's 802.3af specification calls for power source equipment (PSE) that operates at 48 volts of direct current. This guarantees 12.95 watts of power over unshielded twisted-pair cable to data terminal equipment (DTE) 100 meters away (the maximum distance supported by Ethernet).
  • IEEE 802.11
    • IEEE 802.11, the Wi-Fi standard, denotes a set of wireless LAN/WLAN standards developed by working group 11 of the IEEE LAN/MAN standards committee (IEEE 802)
    • 802.11 details a wireless interface between devices to manage packet traffic (to avoid collisions, etc.)
  • IEEE 802.3an
    • The industry standard for active equipment containing the physical coding, signaling, and interface characteristics to support 10-Gigabit Ethernet
  • IEEE 802.3ba
    • The Industry standard governing Ethernet Operations of 40 GB/Sec and 100 GB/Sec

Abbreviation References

ANSI – American National Standards Institute

ASTM – American Society for Testing and Materials

CSA – Canadian Standards Association

IEEE – Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers

NEC – National Electric Code

NEMA – National Electrical Manufacturers Association

NFPA – National Fire Protection Association

TIA – Telecommunications Industry Association

Obtaining Standards Documents

ANSI/TIA documents may be purchased through Global Engineering Documents at (800) 854-7179 or

IEEE documents may be purchased through IEEE, P.O. Box 1331, Piscataway, NJ, 08855, or CSA documents may be purchased through the Canadian Standards Association at or by calling (416)747-4000.

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