TIA-606B: Best practice, better business


The Telecommunications Industry Association TIA-606B standard, adopted in 2012, defines a labeling standard that maps each cable in an installation precisely to the floor, telecom room, and patch panel position or block where the cable terminates.

The TIA-606B standard isn't mandatory, but more and more building owners, end-users and designers are requiring it and specifying it, and more and more Datacom contractors are adopting it as a standard practice.

Investment protection for your customers

For building owners - your customers - TIA-606B compliance protects their Datacom infrastructure investment in three imporant ways.

  1. Faster, easier, lower-cost troubleshooting, maintenance and upgrades. The TIA-606B labeling scheme lets end-users and contractors identify and trace cables, resolve problems, make moves/adds/changes (MACs) and upgrade equipment in less time, with less overhead. The larger the installation, the greater the time and cost savings.
  2. Greater assurance of warrantee protection. Increasingly, designers and end-users are specifying TIA-606B compliant installation as part of their bid requirements.
  3. More flexibility and choice. Adhering to labeling standards creates consistency across large installations and multi-campus layouts, giving building owners the flexibility to work with different contractors over the life of the network.

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