TIA revises optical fiber cabling components standard

November 25, 2008--The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) has updated the TIA-568-C.3 Optical Fiber Cabling Components Standard. TIA-568-C.3 is one of a set of four standards that constitute the TIA commercial building cabling suite, which is recognized as the industry benchmark for cabling performance and design. Revisions of the remaining two parts of this suite are expected in 2009.

November 25, 2008--The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) has updated the TIA-568-C.3 Optical Fiber Cabling Components Standard. TIA-568-C.3 is one of a set of four standards that constitute the TIA commercial building cabling suite, which is recognized as the industry benchmark for cabling performance and design. Revisions of the remaining two parts of this suite are expected in 2009.

TIA-568-C.3 specifies cable and component transmission performance requirements for premises optical-fiber cabling. It is intended to be used by manufacturers, although the TIA says users, designers, and installers may also find the standard useful.

Significant technical changes from the previous edition of TIA-568-C.3:
• Incorporates the performance specifications for 850 nm laser-optimized, 50/125-μm multimode optical-fiber cables previously found in ANSI/TIA/EIA-568-B.3-1;
• Provides specifications for indoor-outdoor cable including minimum bend radius and maximum pulling tensions;
• Includes array connector specifications.

TIA-568-C.3 was formulated under the cognizance of TIA Engineering Committee TR-42 User Premises Telecommunications Cabling Requirements, TR-42.8 Subcommittee on Telecommunications Optical Fiber Cabling Systems.

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