This blog post is part of a series called “CommScope Definitions,” in which we will explain common terms in communications network infrastructure.
It is a fact that standards
govern most industries and outline such things as materials, designs and
protocols. Standards are put in place to make things “easier” for the industry.
When asked about the proliferation of
standards in the computer industry, Andrew S. Tanenbaum is credited with saying, “The nice thing about
standards is that there are so many to choose from.”
A similar level of complexity and frustration may be felt by
some in the cabling industry given the numerous applications standards, regional
cabling standards and unofficial guidelines such as multi-source
agreements. All of these can influence how cabling systems are designed and
After all, the intent of standards is to make life simpler
for all involved; from manufacturers to systems designers, installers and
ultimately to the end users themselves, right?
Fortunately, there is logic behind how the standards
relevant to the structured cabling industry fit together. For example, the most common applications
standards in the IEEE
Ethernet and ANSI T.11 (Fibre
Channel) drive requirements in the regional cabling standards bodies of ISO/IEC
(global), TIA (North America) and CENELEC (Europe). Fortunately, there are strong liaisons
between these groups to ensure that standards are as consistent as possible
across different regions.
CommScope is fortunate to have several experts participating
in all of the key cabling standards groups; all of which do so in addition to
their “day jobs.” Their work, along with
others in the standards bodies, has helped shape the physical infrastructure that
Gartner predicts will support 26 billion connected devices
In addition to their contributions, our standards group
publishes the Standards Advisor - a quarterly update on the pertinent standards
activities to ensure our customers can keep up with the latest developments. The
covering activities in the third quarter of 2015, was recently completed and is
available on the CommScope Standards webpage. Even with all of the standards to choose
from, there is a clear path forward for even higher bandwidth. As Tanenbaum
noted, there may be many standards to choose from, but hopefully this update
will help give a better understanding as to all the choices out there.
To learn more about the evolving
structured cabling and its related standards activities, subscribe to our quarterly standards report here.
Editor’s Note: Content for this
post came from Dave Tanis’s April 7 blog, The
Many Choices of Industry Standards.
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