TIA Publishes Addendum to Global Data Center Infrastructure Standard As 5G Network Buildouts Continue

ANSI/TIA-942-B-1 Addendum for Edge Data Center Infrastructure Released as Industry Prepares to Revise Full Standard

Arlington, VA (March 08, 2022) – The Telecommunications Industry Association—the trusted industry association for the connected world—has released an addendum to ANSI/TIA-942-B Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard for Data Centers, which is used globally to design, implement, and verify data center infrastructure. The addendum defines initial infrastructure requirements and design guidelines for edge data centers, also referred to as “micro” data centers. Additionally, TIA’s TR-42 Standards Committee has officially opened the full TIA-942-B standard for updates and revisions from industry for the first time since 2017.

The ANSI/TIA-942-B standard defines the design requirements for data center architecture, cabling, ventilation, cooling, power systems, security, monitoring/control, resiliency, safety, and management systems. In 2022, this standard will undergo its first full and open revision, which occurs every five years to ensure the resiliency and security of these critical facilities as they evolve.

“Data centers are a critical component of the world’s digital infrastructure that connects our everyday lives,” said Tom McGarry, vice president of standards at TIA. “The TIA-942 standard helps ensure that as data centers evolve, they also become more resilient and thereby, more reliable for optimized performance and service delivery. With the new addendum, data center owners can apply the same globally trusted industry standard to new edge data centers that will be instrumental to meeting low-latency requirements of 5G and 6G applications and services.”

The new Addendum, ANSI/TIA-942-B-1 Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard for Edge Data Centers, provides new infrastructure requirements and design guidelines for smaller edge data centers that are deployed at the edge of networks, which is closer in proximity to application end users. Edge data centers are often housed in pre-manufactured enclosures and can be monitored and controlled remotely. They are widely viewed as critical to the success of next generation applications which will demand ultra-low latency, such as autonomous vehicles, augmented reality, and telehealth.

In addition to the addendum, the TIA-942-B revisioning period has opened and gives industry stakeholders, including data center users, owners, designers, builders, installers, auditors, and others the opportunity to help update the standard to support the next generation of data centers. TIA invites all parties who are interested in contributing to the next version of the standard, ANSI/TIA-942-C, to contact TIA at standards@tiaonline.org.


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To join TIA’s TR-42 Standard Committee and Data Center Working Group, send an email to standards@tiaonline.org


Dan Brown, dbrown@tiaonline.org

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The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents more than 400 global companies that enable high-speed communications networks and accelerate next-generation ICT innovation. Through leadership in U.S. and international advocacy, technology programs, standards development, and business performance solutions, TIA and its members are accelerating global connectivity across every industry and market. TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).