Fiber optic cabling and networking are complicated technologies; without proper standards, good practices for installing and maintaining fiber networks would be nonexistent. There are a few organizations that set the standards for how particular items should perform. These organizations offer the benefit of classifying and regulating the way fiber works.
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU-T)
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) addresses system-wide interoperability issues. The ITU is split into two subgroups. One is the ITU-R, which addresses issues of radio operability. The other is the ITU-T, which addresses the fixed-line market, or fiber networks. Representatives from over 100 nations are members of the ITU-T, which means that regulations made by the ITU-T are checked by many people and created to apply to many different countries. Since there are so many different factors relating to fiber networks, the ITU-T is split into Study Groups (SG) that study and set regulations for different areas, such as outside networks, transmission and signaling, and even specialist issues, like sub-sea networks.
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is an organization that focuses on the detailed aspects of fiber networks. The IEC is organized into a Technical Committee and a Sub Committee. Specifically, the IEC Sub Committee 86A Working Groups 1 and 3 address optical fiber and optical cables, respectively. The IEC addresses the details of interconnected components, and, unlike the ITU-T, creates standards rather than recommendations. The standards created by the IEC are agreed upon on an international level.
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