Innovating Standards Newsletter - April 2013

TIA's Innovating Standards

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), in collaboration with the Georgia Tech Research Institute, will host an International Conference of the Global Standards Collaboration M2M Standardization Task Force (GSC MSTF) on May 7, 2013, in Atlanta, Georgia. The availability of standards that support a common set of communications protocols is a major issue affecting the wide scale deployment of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine communications (M2M). Several global initiatives have recently been established to address this issue, in addition to the ongoing work within numerous organizations, including the Open Source community, that have been developing specific standards solutions for many years.

This is the third meeting of the GSC MSTF. The goal of this meeting is to review the status of the M2M and IoT standardization efforts currently under way in several Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) and other groups and identify possible avenues for coordination and collaboration on the development and implementation of these standards. A report from this task group will be presented at the GSC-17 meeting, which will be held at the Jeju Grand Hotel, Jeju, Korea, from May 13 to 16, 2013. The GSC is a group of major SDOs centered on the International Telecommunication Union, a specialized agency of the United Nations. To learn more...

Cabling Update

At the February meeting of TR-42, TIA TR-42.7 began developing Category 8 specifications to extend the performance of twisted-pair structured cabling using RJ-45 style connectors to support 40 Gigabit data transmission with a reach of at least 30m. The pioneering developmental work in TIA TR42.7 was a major factor in demonstrating technical feasibility to initiate the IEEE 802.3bq task force that is developing the IEEE 40GBASE-T application.  This application will enable a 40 Gb/s data rate to meet the growing demands of server to switch connectivity, extending the capabilities of copper cabling to support top of rack and end of row architectures within the data center. Individual members of TIA TR-42.7 worked informally with members of IEEE 802.3 to lay the groundwork for the successful initiation of an IEEE NGBASE-T study group. The results of this collaboration promise to stimulate major advances in copper cabling and data communications PHY technologies.

Subcommittee TR-42.1 finalized its efforts to develop an addendum to TIA-942-A that addresses cabling guidelines for data center fabrics. TIA-942 was the first standard that specifically addressed data center telecommunications infrastructure to provide the information needed, not only to data center owners, but also to engineers and architects so they have the tools to accomplish design requirements and administration.

The TIA-942 standard assures that data centers accommodate the needed space and layout for correctly sized cabling pathways, sized and properly located telecom space, and the cabling distance restrictions for planned application. The key areas of the standard are making category 6 the minimum requirement for horizontal cabling; making OM3 optical fiber the minimum requirement; use of LC connectors to synchronize with the international and European standards; and elimination of the 100 meter channel length requirement. These changes and requirements result in a design of the data center that is more flexible and has the ability to add new distribution and cross-connect spaces.

The latest addendum to this standard, TIA-942-A-1, incorporates new considerations towards energy efficiency, more cohesion with internationally recognized standards, and support for larger and more modular data centers. The addendum also specifies telecommunications cabling requirements for newer   switch fabric architectures that support cloud computing.

TIA TR-42.11 published TSB-172 - A High Data Rate Multimode Transmission, to address needed updates for local area networks (LANs) and storage area networks (SANs). The most widely deployed transmission format on multimode fiber, at rates up to 10 Gb/s, has been simple binary-baseband serial transmissions. As rates climbed from 10 to 100 to 1,000 to 10,000 Mb/s, the basic approach was to speed up all the components commensurately. However, this technique proved less than effective for higher data rates, so for data transmission rates above 10 Gb/s a combination of alternative techniques has begun to be employed to produce optimal multimode solutions. TSB-172-A provides general insight into these techniques and their associated benefits.

Wireless News

In March, the TR-45 committee on Mobile and Personal Communications held its first meeting of 2013. At this meeting the committee agreed to form a working group to address the revision of TSB-10, Interference Criteria for Microwave Systems, which was transferred from TIA TR-14. The scope of the working group is to develop recommendations for the performance of microwave systems. The first meeting was held on April 10. George Kizer, Alcatel-Lucent, was appointed by the chair of TR-45, Jane Brownley, Alcatel-Lucent, to serve as the chair of the working group. The group agreed to meet every other week through September to advance the development of a draft standard revising TSB-10-F.

The committee also published J-STD-110, Joint ATIS/TIA Native SMS To 9-1-1- Requirements and Architecture Specification. This standard defines the network architecture, requirements and procedures to facilitate text messaging to 9-1-1 emergency services using native wireless operator SMS capabilities for the existing generation and next-generation (NG9-1-1) Public Safety Answering Points. To learn more...

On 19 June 2013 at 7:00am (ET), 3GPP2 will host an online webinar to address the needs of cdma450 operators, particularly regarding future usage for M2M. The webinar is open to all interested parties. If you wish to participate, please contact Victoria Mitchell. Additional information is available at

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TIA T&S International Activities

TIA hosted JTC 1/SC 25/ WG 1, Home Electronic Systems, IEC Joint Working Group 8, Hybrid Cables, IEC SC 86A/WG 1, Fibres and Associated Measuring Methods, and IEC SC 86A/WG 3, Optical Cables, the week of April 22-26.

The focus of these international working groups is to advance their work on various IEC specifications and report on liaisons with other organizations and committees. In JTC 1/SC 25/ WG 1, various issues were discussed, including the recent activities of the GridWise Architecture Council, the Broadband Forum and the UPnP Forum. The WG reviewed the Home Electronic Systems work plan and discussed various aspects of specifications still under development for issues such as privacy and security in the gateway, home and building automation in a mixed-use facility, and system architecture for a smart energy home.

SC 86A/WG 1, reviewed comments on climate tests methods (e.g., temperature change, damp heat, dry heat and water immersion) for specifications in the IEC 60793-60893-1 series and related guide documents. They continued work on the revisions of several fiber product specifications (e.g., IEC A1, A2 and A3 multimode optical fibers, A4 plastic optical, and B-single mode fibers). In particular final proposals were discussed for standardizing bend-insensitive multimode fibers. Furthermore, several optical, geometrical and mechanical test methods were discussed.

SC 86A/WG 3 reviewed recent developments in FTTX and hybrid cables. They continued the development of the IEC 60794 series of standards on optical cable, including the general specification, cable mechanical tests, multiple/rapid deployment cable, OPGW cable, ADSS cables, and guides on drop cable and MDU cable, and began new work on fiber and cable bend radius in IEC TR62764.

TIA congratulates one of our valued staff, Florence Otieno, on winning the 2013 INCITS Service Award for providing outstanding service to the Technical Advisory Groups she has been and continues to manage and support.

Private Radio Buzz

On January 29, 2013, the TR-8 Mobile and Personal Private Radio Standards Committee met in Tempe, Ariz. At this meeting the committee began work on a project for operating Signal Booster Systems, continued work on TIA-102 standards and held elections for key subcommittees.

The committee is launching the standards development process of planning, designing, integrating and operating Signal Booster Systems. This technology serves the public interest because it will enable consumers to improve their wireless coverage for data and voice service in rural, underserved and difficult-to-serve areas.

Signal Boosters will also provide public safety benefits. In cases where wireless coverage is deficient or the signal is blocked, the public will be able to connect to 911 in case of emergency. Rural and metropolitan police departments will also benefit from the Signal Boosters, because the boosters will extend land-mobile coverage in areas of limited service. In addition, the communications of emergency personnel that use this technology will be improved during disasters and other emergencies. In other words, Signal Boosters will benefit users because they will be able to prevent, control and resolve interference to wireless networks. To learn more...

M2M Corner

In February, the TR-50 Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Smart Device Communications committee published key updates to its easy-to-understand protocol standards series (TIA-4940.020 and TIA-4940.000). The purpose of the updated standards is to encourage manufacturers to implement connectivity to the things they manufacture. The standards will help manufacturers of products and providers of services from around the world, even those without extensive telecommunications experience, to better understand how to enable their assets for affordable and secure connectivity and accessibility. To learn more...

Recent Appearances

In early February, Herb Congdon, Associate Vice-President, Technology and Standards Development, presented on TIA’s recent activities in the M2M space at ANSI’s Annual European Standards Organization Joint Presidents Group meeting held in Dublin, Ireland.

Also in early February, Stephanie Montgomery, Senior Director, Standards Communications, led a panel on the trends and experiences of the association community with e-standards and apps at the IHS Standards Publishing Advisory Board meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz.

In February, Cheryl Blum, Vice President, Technology and Standards, attended the oneM2M Technical Plenary meetings hosted by TIA in San Francisco, Calif.

Looking forward to the next quarter, Cheryl Blum will be presenting at the Global Standards Collaboration GSC-17 meetings in Jeju, Korea, from May 13 to 16. Cheryl will also be presenting at the IEEE/ICC 2013 Workshop on Telecommunication Standards on June 9 in Budapest, Hungary.

Herb Congdon will be presenting on issues related to the private cloud at the Open Data Center Alliance FORECAST 2013, being held June 17-18 in San Francisco, Calif.

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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 is comprised of 11 technology areas that sponsor more than 70 standards formulating groups. These technology areas are Mobile Private Radio, Structural Standards for Communication Support Structures, Multi-Media Access, Protocols and Interfaces, Satellite Equipment and Systems, User Premises Telecommunications, Telecommunications Cabling Systems (copper and fiber), Mobile and Personal Communications Systems, Terrestrial Mobile Multimedia Multicast, Vehicular Telematics, M2M Communications and Smart Utility Networks. Each area is represented by engineering committees and subcommittees that formulate standards to serve the industry and users.