TIA publishes Outside Plant standard

Oct. 19, 2004 - Standard provides requirements used in the design of the telecom pathways and spaces and cabling installed between buildings.

The Telecommunications Industry Association has published a new standard, Customer-owned Outside Plant Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard, TIA-758-A.

The document is a revision of TIA/EIA-758 and TIA/EIA-758-1.

The purpose of this standard is to provide requirements used in the design of the telecommunication pathways and spaces and the cabling installed between buildings or points in a customer-owned campus environment. Customer-owned campus facilities are typically termed "outside plant" (OSP).

Telecommunications require an effective infrastructure to support a wide variety of information transport systems. This infrastructure includes telecommunications pathways and spaces, cable, connecting hardware, and bonding and grounding systems. Telecommunications, as used in this standard, refers to all forms of information (e.g., voice, data, video, alarm, environmental control, security, audio).

TIA-758-A was created by TIA TR-42.4 Subcommittee Customer-Owned Outside Plant Telecommunications Infrastructure and released in August.

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

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