TIA publishes optical fiber cable color coding standard

June 16, 2005 - Document defines the recommended identification scheme or system for individual fibers.

The Telecommunications Industry Association has published a new standard: Optical Fiber Cable Color Coding, TIA-598-C.

The document is a revision to TIA/EIA-598-B.

This standard defines the recommended identification scheme or system for individual fibers, fiber units and groups of fiber units within a cable structure. The methods contained herein may be used to identify and locate specific fibers for the purpose of connection, termination or testing within a communication system or for the topography of long-haul, feeder route, subscriber or distribution applications for both on-premises and outside plant use.

TIA-598-C also defines the optical fiber type identification scheme for color coding or marking jackets for premises cables used primarily indoors. Cables with colored jackets are typically used only in intrabuilding applications and must be listed to a level of fire resistance specific to their use. The jacket materials used can be colored for identification purposes.

TIA-598-C was created by TIA F0-4.2 Subcommittee on Optical Fibers and Cables and released January.

The TIA is based in Arlington, VA. For more information visit www.tiaonline.org.

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