Standards are used in most industries and govern a diverse range of things including protocols, designs and materials. Standards are implemented to make things easier for a specific industry. Industry Standards used in telecom industry govern its protocols, designs, and materials which help systems designers, manufacturers, installers in their work that ultimately helps end users.
In the cabling industry, things might seem complex and frustrate some if one looks at the numerous regional cabling standards, applications standards and unofficial guidelines. All of these will influence the design and usage of cabling systems.
The sheer volume of documentation seems to negate the intention of standards to make life easier for all involved, including systems designers, manufacturers, installers and ultimately end users.
The standards applicable to the structured cabling industry does however fit together logically. The regional cabling standards bodies of CENELEC (Europe), TIA (North America) and ISO/IEC (global) are for example driven by common applications standards in the ANSI T.11 (Fibre Channel) and IEEE Ethernet.
These groups fortunately liaise continuously to try and make that standards across different regions as consistent as possible.
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