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TIA TR-42 Telecommunications Cabling Systems Committee Meeting Recap

TIA TR-42 Telecommunications Cabling Systems Committee Meeting Recap

  • Feb 13, 2020
  • TIA
  • Rick Dallmann

It was a productive and busy week at the first TIA TR-42 quarterly meetings of the new year and decade in New Orleans. It’s fantastic to spend a week with some of the brightest folks in our industry, collaborating on the latest and greatest fiber optic and copper technology.

It was not a good week however, in regards to my new year’s resolution to eat less. That went right out the window sampling the fantastic food here in New Orleans, just in time for the opening of crawfish season.

The week started with the TR42-1 sub-committee, and some highlights from old business: the ANSI/TIA-568.0-E (Generic): Telecommunications Cabling for Customer Premises and the ANSI/TIA-568.1-E (Commercial) are ready to publish!

New business consisted of the contributions, TR421-2020-01-007, Recognizing Fiber Optic Hybrid Cable, and the Edge Data Centers (EDC) Task Group Report TR421-2020-01-006, which will most likely will be an addendum to the TIA-942-B document.

TR42-11 sub-committee was highlighted by performing conflict resolution regarding the TSB (Telecommunication Service Bulletin) Optical Fiber Channel Polarity duplex-single and double row fiber, TIA-PN-5069. New business and contributions were in regard to the polarity specification for the new duplex fiber connectors, understanding polarity, and launch cord and attenuation requirements for testing. Our session in the TR42-11 concluded with a discussion on the scope and justification for the revised TIA-568.3-D (Optical Fiber Cabling Component Standard).

The TR42-13 subcommittee started off with conflict resolutions on the CS Connector. Contributions and presentations then continued for the Quad LC Interface spec unification, the CLC Liaison Report on connectors and passive components from the meetings in Brussels, and finally, the IEC Optical Interface Adoption Proposal.

The TR42-13 subcommittee concluded with the IEC 86B Liaison Report whose purpose is to prepare international standards for fiber optic interconnecting devices and passive components. This group covers terminology, characteristics, test and measurement methods. This includes all mechanical, environmental and optical requirements to ensure compatibility and reliable performance of fiber optic interconnecting devices and passive components.

A great balance of topics - you’re probably on the edge of your seat! Don’t worry, the final summary is up next!

To read my initial synopsis of the meeting, click here.

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