Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)

Definition of Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) in The Network Encyclopedia.

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What is Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)?

A national trade organization representing all aspects of the telecommunications industry in the United States. Working in conjunction with its subsidiary, the MultiMedia Telecommunications Association (MMTA), and its industry peer organization, the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA), the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents its members in activities such as establishing public policies and government regulatory issues, developing standards for communication and networking, and organizing trade shows and other events.

The goal of the TIA is to provide member companies, which are drawn mostly from service providers and hardware vendors in the communication industry, with a forum for discussing industry issues and a voice for representing members’ interests on the national and international level.

Active in telecommunications standards development, the TIA is endorsed and accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The Standards and Technology Department consists of five divisions expressed in over 70 groups responsible for formulating new standards. These five divisions are as follows:

  • Fiber Optics
  • User Premises Equipment
  • Network Equipment
  • Wireless Communications
  • Satellite Communications

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