Innovating Standards - TIA Quarterly Newsletter (10-14-2010)

Innovating Standards


October 2010


TIA Attends 74th General Meeting of International Electrotechnical Commission

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) attended the International Electrotechnical Commission's (IEC) 74th General Meeting in Seattle, Oct. 11-15. Technical meetings began on Oct. 6 and continue through Oct. 16. TIA serves as secretariat for a number of IEC U.S. Technical Advisory Groups.
The IEC prepares and publishes international standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies - collectively known as "electrotechnology." The IEC also manages conformity assessment systems that certify that equipment, systems or components conform to its international standards.
The 2010 General Meeting is IEC's biggest ever, with almost 2,800 delegates registered. There are 100 Technical Committees and Subcommittees meeting with over 400 groups in total. The meeting is supported by 58 general sponsors and 94 technical sponsors, representing a broad cross section of support and teamwork from industry, government, and organizations across the United States. TIA is a platinum sponsor for the meeting.
TIA Supports 21st ISO/IEC JTC1/SC25 Meeting
In conjunction with the IEC meeting, TIA is managing the 21st ISO/IEC Joint Technical Council 1/Subcommittee 25, Interconnection of Information Technology Equipment, plenary and working group meetings Oct.14-22, also in Seattle. The meeting for Working Group 1, Home Electronics Systems, is being held Oct. 14-17. Working Group 3, Customer Premises Cabling, is meeting Oct. 18-21, and Working Group 4, Interconnection of Computer Systems and Attached Equipment, meets Oct. 20-21.
TIA member companies participating include Bel Stewart Connectors; CommScope Network Solutions; Corning, Inc.; Erico, Inc.; Fluke Networks; J&M Consultants; Leviton Network Solutions; Microsoft Corp.; Siemon Company; and Tyco Electronics.

During World Standards Week, TIA Showcases Accessible Technology on Capitol Hill

TIA celebrated World Standards Week the last week of September, joining others that volunteer time and effort in the development of "standards for accessibility," the theme for this year's U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day. 
Recognizing the critical role of model codes, standards, and conformity assessment activities in developing and maintaining the built environment, products, technologies, and systems that are accessible for persons with special needs, TIA participated at an ANSI-sponsored outreach event on Capitol Hill. TIA showcased the TIA-1083 standard that reduces noise and interference for digital phones when used by people with T-Coil equipped hearing aids or Cochlear implants. The standard has been updated recently to apply to newer technologies with digital interfaces, including Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth®, and USB.
On Oct. 8, TIA hailed enactment of the "21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act," which included consensus language on Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC) that TIA negotiated with the accessibility community late last year.
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TIA Fosters International Cooperation on Smart Device Standards at GSC-15

A textbook case on the advances in personal Smart Device Communications was reported recently when a Texas man on vacation received a text message by an app on his iPhone notifying him that motion sensors in his home had been activated. Using his mobile phone, he watched - via a live feed from Webcams he had installed in his home - as burglars broke in. He immediately notified police, who arrived minutes later.
That's the mobile world we live in today: The sky's the limit, but only if the smart devices can communicate machine-to-machine (M2M).
To help ensure seamless interoperability through standards, TIA last year launched TR-50 Smart Device Communications Engineering Committee. TR-50's mission is to develop and maintain access-agnostic interface standards for the monitoring and bi-directional communication of events and information between smart devices and other devices, applications or networks.
The TR-50 mission is dependent on international cooperation, which is paramount to the smart device standards development effort.
Recently, TR-50 Chairman, Dr. Jeffrey Smith, CTO of Numerex, Inc., joined the TIA delegation led by TIA Vice President for Technology and Business Development Cheryl Blum, in Beijing. There they evangelized for the engineering committee's recent efforts to expand its support base during the 15th meeting of the Global Standards Collaboration (GSC-15), hosted by the China Communications Standards Association (CCSA) Aug. 30 to Sept. 1.
Dr. Smith gave a presentation (download PDF of slides - 225 KB) on TR-50's activities during the GSC-15's M2M session. At GSC-15, M2M was identified as a "High Interest Subject" for 2010.
The world's leading telecommunications and radio standards organizations meet annually at GSC to promote innovation and collaboration on next generation standards for converged fixed/mobile communication services.
More than 100 participants attended GSC-15 from eight Participating Standards Organizations (PSOs) and the ITU (International Telecommunication Union), as did observers from additional groups. Along with M2M, a broad spectrum of standards topics was discussed, including:
International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT)
Next Generation Networks (NGN)
Home Networks
Emergency Communications
ICT Management and Operation
Reconfigurable Radio Systems
Broadband Wireless Access and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
ICT and Environment
Smart Grid
Cloud Computing
Service Oriented Networks
The TIA delegation to GSC-15 participated in all the programming and provided invaluable insight and contributions toward the outcomes of the meeting.
Download the communiqué from GSC-15 (PDF - 16K) >>
More Promotional Highlights for TR-50
Recent and upcoming presentations by TR-50 Chair, Dr. Jeff Smith, Numerex CTO:
"Standardization as a Catalyst of M2M Market Expansion" - IEEE - Santa Clara University, Sept. 25
"International Cooperation in the Area of M2M Standardization" - ITEXPO - M2M Evolution Conference, Los Angeles, Oct. 5
"M2M's Intelligent Edge - The dynamic interaction between device, network, and application and its implications on standardization" - European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) M2M Workshop, Sophia Antipolis (France), Oct. 20
Recent presentation by TR-50 Vice Chair, Dr. Mitch Tseng, Tseng InfoServ, LLC (Representing Huawei Technologies):
"M2M on CDMA: Challenges and Opportunities" - ITEXPO - CDG Smart Wireless Workshop: Building the Future with M2M - Oct. 4
For more information about TR-50 please contact Victoria Mitchell at
TR-42 Telecommunications Cabling Systems Meeting News
TIA's TR-42 Telecommunications Cabling Systems Engineering Committee held a week of meetings starting Sept. 26 in Albuquerque, N.M., where they launched the revision work on TIA-570-B, Residential Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard. TIA-570-B is an essential standard for cabling requirements, installation requirements, and planning for both single-family and multi-family residences. This revision will incorporate the information on residential security and control cabling currently addressed in addendums 1 and 2 to TIA-570-A.
The Committee also agreed to publish TIA-758-B, Customer Owned Outside Plant Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard, which specifies minimum requirements for customer-owned outside plant (OSP) telecommunications facilities in a campus environment. Customer-owned OSP cabling extends between separated structures including the terminating connecting hardware within the structures. The OSP pathways may include aerial, direct-buried, underground (e.g., duct), and tunnel distribution techniques. Customer-owned OSP pathways and spaces specified by the standard are intended to have a useful life in excess of 40 years. The OSP cabling specified by this standard is intended to support a wide range of applications (e.g., voice, data, video, alarms, environmental control, security, audio) on commercial, industrial, institutional and residential sites.
Additionally, the TR-42.7 Subcommittee on Telecommunications Copper Cabling Systems began discussion about possible standardization of Category 7 cable. Talks on this issue will continue at the next meeting of TR-42 in February 2011.
For more information about TR-45 please contact Teesha Jenkins at
TR-45 Mobile and Personal Communications Systems Standards Committee Meeting News
TIA TR-45 Mobile and Personal Communications Systems Standards Engineering Committee met Aug. 25-26 in Chicago, where key activities and agenda items included discussion and work on: IMT-Advanced, IMT-2000, Global Wireless Equipment Identifier Numbering, Joint ATIS/TIA standards development work, and numerous projects approved for ballot or publication as TIA or ANS standards by the TR-45 subcommittees.
The TR-45 Ad Hoc on International Mobile Telecommunications (AHIMT) completed its Final Report on the evaluation of candidate radio interface technologies for the terrestrial component of IMT-Advanced. The AHIMT discovered no cases where either IMT ADV/4 (IEEE 802.16m) or IMT ADV/8 (3GPP LTE-Advanced) failed to meet the minimum requirements. Committee TR-45 approved the Final Report that was submitted to the June 2010 meeting of ITU-R WP5D.
Regarding IMT-2000, Subcommittees TR-45.3, Time Division Digital Technology - Mobile and Personal Communications Standards, and TR-45.5, Spread Spectrum Digital Technology - Mobile and Personal Communications Standards, continue to provide revisions to the ITU-R WP5D Recommendation M.1457 relative to TDMA-SC and CDMA-MC, respectively.
At the Global Standards Collaboration (GSC-15) Aug. 30 - Sept. 2 in Beijing, TR-45 subcommittees and ad hoc groups prepared presentations for TIA on five of the High Interest Subjects (HISs): IMT standardization, emergency communications, lawful interception, wireless access, and IP over broadband access to support convergence. In addition, TR-45.5 contributed to the TIA presentations on M2M and Smart Embedded Device Communications.
The TR-45 EUM Ad Hoc Group continues its work to provide guidance to the ESN, UIM_ID, and MEID Administrators regarding manufacturer code assignment, re-assignment, and UIM_ID designation, as well as providing ESN to MEID and EUIMID migration industry outreach to promote awareness and guidance.
Work continues in the existing JCMAS group on the joint ATIS/TIA standards project on the certification and testing of the CMAS C-interface to be published as J-STD-102 later in 2010.
The next meeting of TR-45 is scheduled for Dec. 13-14 in Hawaii.
For more information about TR-45 please contact Victoria Mitchell at
Phase II Milestone for P25 Public Safety Standards Anticipated
A vote on final publication of the Project 25 Phase 2 TDMA MAC Layer document (TIA-102.BBAC) is on the Oct. 20 agenda for the TIA TR-8.12 Two Slot TDMA Engineering Subcommittee in Charleston, S.C., where TR-8 Mobile and Personal Private Radio Standards Engineering Committee is meeting next week.
The publication of TIA-102.BBAC represents a significant milestone and accomplishment for both TIA and the industry because it represents the completion of the P25 Phase 2 TDMA TIA-102 Core Definition Documents directly enabling development of interoperable P25 Phase 2 TDMA equipment.
TIA acts as a catalyst for the wireless industry to develop and maintain public safety standards for digital equipment and systems that will assist the life-saving and damage-control activities of first responders at the scene of an emergency or disaster situation. P25 is supported by industry, government agencies and public safety communications officials alike, including the Department of Homeland Security's National Communications System (NCS), the Department of Defense, and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).
P25 Phase II implementation involves time and frequency modulation schemes (e.g., TDMA and FDMA), with the goal of improved spectrum utilization. Significant attention is also paid to interoperability with legacy equipment, interfacing between repeaters and other subsystems, roaming capacity and spectral efficiency/channel reuse. In addition, Phase II work involves console interfacing between repeaters and other subsystems, and man-machine interfaces for console operators, which would facilitate centralized training, equipment transitions and personnel movement.
The P25/TIA-102 Phase 2 TDMA Trunked Standard provides manufacturers and agencies a public safety standard that meets the 6.25 kHz spectral efficiency regulations defined by the FCC.
For more information about TR-8 please contact Ronda Coulter at
TR-34: Setting Satellite Standards Since 1995
TIA's TR-34 Satellite Equipment & Systems Engineering Committee celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. TR-34 has been setting satellite standards since 1995. The TIA standards developing engineering committee works closely with the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) to develop standards for space-borne and terrestrial hardware, interfaces on standards for satellite and terrestrial systems, and the efficient use of spectrum and orbital resources, including sharing between satellite and terrestrial services. Projects range from studies on how best to accomplish inter-service spectrum sharing to developing standards for achieving interoperability between satellite systems as well as among satellite and terrestrial systems, networks and services. TR-34 continues to provide input on a regular basis to the the National Institute of Science & Technology (NIST) Smart Grid initiative. For more information about TR-34 please contact Ronda Coulter at

FOLS Webconference: Bend, Bandwidth or Both?

Making the Right Choice for Enterprise Networks
As part of the Fiber Optics LAN Section's (FOLS) ongoing webinar series, Ravi Yekula from Corning Optical Fiber is presenting "Bend, Bandwidth or Both? Making the Right Choice for Enterprise Networks." The free, 60-minute webinar will be held Thursday Oct. 28, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.. The webinar will provide a vendor-neutral perspective on the role of multimode fiber in the enterprise as networks migrate to 40 GbE and beyond.
Participants will earn one BICSI Continuing Education Credit for attending.
Specifically the webinar will cover:
Why multimode fiber remains the most cost-effective choice for enterprise networks
How bend-insensitive multimode fibers can help solve key concerns of enterprise network operations
How OM4 fibers are now standardized and provide a path for extended distances for next generation speeds
Why next generation standards will use OM3 and OM4 fibers to provide low cost future-proof solutions for enterprise networks
Plus, you'll have the chance to ask your questions about multimode fiber cabling.
FOLS Web Conferences Available on Demand
In 2010, FOLS has continued with its series of web conferences developed for the premises market. If you missed participating live you still have the chance to watch them on demand AND earn a BICSI CEC by attending. PDF copies of the slides are also available on the FOLS web site ( in the presentations section.
OM4 Fiber for Next Generation Networks, presented by John Kamino, OFS
Multimode Fiber Trends, presented by Ryan Chappell, Draka Communications
LAN Standards, News & Trends, presented by Herb Congdon, Tyco Electronics
New White Paper on Field Testing Installed Fiber
"Field Testing Installed Fiber (PDF - 1.1 MB)," co-authored by Fluke Networks and Ortronics/Legrand, reviews best practices for the technician performing field tests on installed optical fiber cabling.


Call for Speakers Opens for 'TIA 2011: Inside the Network'

Save the Dates: May 17-20, 2011 at the Gaylord Texan Hotel by Dallas/Fort Worth Airport; TR-50 Meeting to Be Held at the Event
TIA is accepting submissions for presentations and panel sessions for TIA 2011: Inside the Network, a Summit and Exhibition taking place May 17-20, 2011, at the Gaylord Texan Hotel near Dallas.
TIA TR-50 Smart Device Communications Engineering Committee will be meeting at TIA 2011: Inside the Network.
TIA 2011: Inside the Network features new insight, perspective and information about the evolving role of the network service provider, technology solutions provider, and new entrants to the broadband communications ecosystem. The growth of bandwidth and IP connectivity on multiple platforms - TV, broadband, and mobile - creates unprecedented opportunity for businesses and consumers to use digital content on their own terms: anytime, anywhere, on potentially any device. Yet such flexibility also creates new challenges for all players in our industry, ranging from content producers, to integrated communications carriers, to technology solutions providers, applications developers, and more.
TIA 2011: Inside the Network addresses this changing business landscape with new thinking, new approaches to content monetization, and new frameworks for partnerships that will help lead the broadband communications industry to meet the needs of customers of all kinds with One Network - secure, reliable, scalable, and sustainable.
TIA is seeking knowledgeable, insightful and forward-looking speakers covering all aspects of broadband communications, networks and services. Speakers are required to be objective, dynamic, and enthusiastic about sharing their expertise and knowledge.
To review the conference tracks/topics, guidelines, evaluation criteria and other important facts regarding speaking opportunities, go to The deadline for submissions is Nov. 15, 2010.
Read the full press release | Watch TIA 2011 Trailer >>
Exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities: Contact TIA at, or call +1.703.907.7002 >>
Download the prospectus (PDF - 1.5 MB) >>
For media barters contact Jeff Hannah at, or call +1.703.907.7582 >>

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Get Your TIA 2009-2010 STAR Report

The latest edition of TIA's annual Standards and Technology Annual Report (STAR) provides a full and detailed overview of the thrust of TIA's innovating standards developing programs. Download the free PDF version >>
TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop voluntary industry standards for the information and communications technology (ICT) industry.
TIA's Standards and Technology Department comprises 11 technology areas that sponsor more than 70 standards formulating groups. These technology areas are Mobile Private Radio, Point-to-Point Communications Systems, Multi-Media Access, Protocols and Interfaces, Satellite Equipment and Systems, User Premises Telecommunications, Telecommunications Cabling Systems (both copper and fiber), Mobile and Personal Communications Systems, Terrestrial Mobile Multimedia Multicast, Vehicular Telematics, Healthcare ICT and Smart Device Communications. Each area is represented by engineering committees and subcommittees that formulate standards to serve the industry and users.

Editor's Note

Your feedback is most welcome. Please feel free to contact me at To learn more about participating in developing TIA standards, go to Thank you. - Mike Snyder, Innovating Standards