TIA revises standard on terminal equipment connectors

Oct. 7, 2008
October 7, 2008--The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) has published TIA-1096-A, Telecommunications, Telephone Terminal Equipment, Connector Requirements for Connection of Terminal Equipment to the Telephone Network--a revision that corrects an error to TIA-1096, in which figures identified as showing an 8-positioned keyed plug had actually depicted a non-keyed plug.

October 7, 2008--The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) has published TIA-1096-A, Telecommunications, Telephone Terminal Equipment, Connector Requirements for Connection of Terminal Equipment to the Telephone Network--a revision that corrects an error to TIA-1096, in which figures identified as showing an 8-positioned keyed plug had actually depicted a non-keyed plug.

Connecting third-party terminal equipment to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) and wireline carrier networks can potentially damage network equipment, cause billing equipment to malfunction or disrupt service to subscribers. To protect the wireline telephone network, TIA-1096-A provides standards, recommendations and testing methodology for the third-party equipment terminal connectors, including:
* Physical requirements for individual plugs and jacks for different types of connectors;
* Contact requirements, such as gold and nickel barrier layer content as well as alternative materials for 6- and 8-position connectors, mating and unmating force tests, durability, and contact resistance;
* Wiring configurations;
* Testing protocols (both informative and normative).

TIA-1096-A was formulated under the cognizance of TIA Engineering Committee TR-41, User Premises Telecommunications Requirement's Subcommittee TR-41.9, Technical and Administrative Regulatory Considerations.

To obtain copies of the document, visit: global.ihs.com

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