Preferred Telecommunications Standards

Document Last Revised 8/23/01 11:16:09PM

The opinions expressed here are based on widely used telecommunications industry standards. We encourage the members of the UF technical community to review this document. Please forward your questions, comments and suggestions to

Network Services promotes the use of widely accepted industry standards in deploying the university telecommunications infrastructure. Employees of the university, consultants and contractors working on behalf of the university should have a working knowledge of these standards prior to performing work for the university and should follow the university preferred standards and practices while deploying telecommunications infrastructure. University employees, consultants and contractors should contact Network Services for clarification and interpretation of these standards. The following standards are practiced at the University of Florida:

University Preferred Standards and Practices

Industry Standards

  • ANSI/TIA/EIA-568-B.1.2.3 - Commercial Building Telecommunications Cabling Standard (May 2001)
  • ANSI/TIA/EIA-569-A - Commercial Building Standard for Telecommunications Pathways and Spaces (February 1998)
  • ANSI/TIA/EIA-606 - The Administration Standard for the Telecommunications Infrastructure of Commercial Building (February 1993)
  • ANSI/TIA/EIA-606A - Administration Standard for the Telecommunications Infrastructure (after ratification in 2001 or 2002)
  • ANSI/TIA/EIA-607 - Commercial Building Grounding and Bonding Requirements for Telecommunications (August 1994)
  • ANSI/TIA/EIA-758 - Customer-Owned Outside Plant Telecommunications Cabling Standard (February 1999

The Industry Standards can be viewed by appointment at Network Services or can be purchased from the Global Engineering Documents web site at

The following standards were superseded by ANSI/TIA/EIA-568-B.1.2.3 in May 2001:

  • ANSI/TIA/EIA-568-A Commercial Building Telecommunications Cabling Standard
  • ANSI/TIA/EIA-568-A-1 Propagation Delay and Delay Skew Specifications for 00 4-pair Cable
  • ANSI/TIA/EIA-568-A-2 Corrections and Additions to ANSI/TIA/EIA-568-A
  • ANSI/TIA/EIA-568-A-3 Hybrid Cables
  • ANSI/TIA/EIA-568-A-4 Production Modular Cord NEXT Loss Test Method and Requirements for Unshielded Twisted-Pair Cabling
  • ANSI/TIA/EIA-568-A-5 Transmission Performance Specification for 4-Pair 100-Ohm Category 5e Cabling
  • TIA/EIA TSB-67 Transmission Performance Specifications for Field Testing of Unshielded Twisted-Pair Cabling Systems
  • TIA/EIA TSB-72 Centralized Optical Fiber Cabling Guidelines
  • TIA/EIA TSB-75 Additional Horizontal Cabling Practices for Open Offices
  • TIA/EIA TSB-95 Additional Transmission Performance Guidelines for 4-Pair 100-Ohm Category 5 Cabling