TR-42 February 2021 Virtual Committee Meeting Highlights

TIA’s TR-42 Telecommunications Cabling Systems Engineering Committee held their first committee meeting for 2021 the week of February 1-5, 2021. During the Opening Plenary, which took place on Monday, February 1st, TR-42 Chair, Greg Sandels, spoke of the committee’s smooth transition to TIA Connect, the TR-42 officers’ elections, and gave an overview of the work that the subcommittees would be doing during their meetings. On Friday, February 5th, during the Closing Plenary, there was a summary of all work done that week, the results of TR-42 officer elections for odd numbered subcommittees were shared with the full committee, the Photo Contest winner for the February 2021 meeting was announced, and the committee was informed of when the next scheduled meeting would take place.


Here is some of the work TR-42 is currently doing:

Approved for Publication:

  • TIA-455-3 (FOTP-3) Temperature Ramps and Precision
  • TIA-455-178, Coating Stripability (adoption of IEC 60793 Part 1-32)

Results of TR-42 Officer Elections for odd numbered subcommittees:

  • TR-42.1 Chair: Diane Forbes (NIS); TR-42.1 Vice-Chair: Cindy Montstream (Legrand)
  • TR-42.3 Chair: Cindy Montstream (Legrand); TR-42.3 Vice-Chair: Jonathan Jew (J&M Consultants, Inc.)
  • TR-42.5 Chair: Diane Forbes (NIS); TR-42.5 Vice-Chair: Ron Tellas (Belden)
  • TR-42.7 Chair: Wayne Larsen (CommScope); TR-42.7 Vice-Chair: Brian Celella (The Siemon Company)
  • TR-42.9 Chair: Brad Woodman (Molex, Inc.); TR-42.9 Vice-Chair: Brian Shuman (Belden)
  • TR-42.11 Chair: Phil Irwin (Panduit Corporation); TR-42.11 Vice-Chair: Dan Morris (KITCO Fiber Optics)
  • TR-42.13 Chair: Greg Sandels (OFS); TR-42.13 Vice-Chair: Sunny Xu (CommScope)


Documents/Projects Under Development (including development stage, expected deliverable dates):

TR-42.1 Premises Telecommunications Infrastructure

  • TIA-862-C (Intelligent Buildings) – 2nd industry ballot
  • ANSI/TIA-758-C (Customer-Owned Outside Plant) – 3rd industry ballot
  • TIA-942-B-1 (Edge Data Centers) – 2nd committee ballot
  • TIA-4966 (Education) – 2nd industry ballot

TR-42.3 Telecommunications Administration, Pathway, Spaces, Bonding and Grounding

  • TIA-607-D amendment 1 (Generic Telecommunications Bonding and Grounding (Earthing) for Customer Premises) – 1st industry ballot
  • TIA-606-D revision (Administration Standard for Telecommunications Infrastructure) – 1st industry ballot

TR-42.7 Cooper Cabling Systems

  • ANSI/TIA-568.5 (single-pair cabling) – 1st industry ballot
  • ANSI/TIA-5071 (Field testing for single-pair cabling) – 1st industry ballot
  • TR-42.7 approved a PAR for power delivery over single-pair cabling
  • ANSI/TIA-1152A (Requirements for field test instruments and measurements for balanced twisted-pair cabling) – agreed to circulate ballot to re-affirm
  • TIA-TSB-5021 (Guidelines for the Use of Installed Category 5e and Category 6 Cabling to Support 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T) – agreed to re-affirm

TR-42.11 Optical Fiber Systems

  • ANSI/TIA-568.3-E (Optical Fiber Cabling and Components) – 2nd industry ballot
  • TIA-526-14-D (Optical Power Loss Measurement of Installed Multimode Fiber Cable Plant) adoption of IEC 61280-4-1 ed.3 2019 – 1st industry ballot
  • ANSI/TIA-526-7-A (Measurement of Single-Mode Fiber Cable Plant) – approved a PAR to re-affirm

TR-42.12 Optical Fibers and Cables

  • TIA-455-111 (FOTP-111), Fiber Curl – approved a PAR
  • ANSI/TIA-492AAAF (TIA-492 series – Multimode) – 1st industry ballot
  • ANSI/TIA-492CAAC (TIA-492 series – Singlemode) – 1st industry ballot
  • ANSI/TIA-4920000-C (TIA-492 series – Generic) – new project planned for June 2021
  • TIA-455-133 adoption of IEC-60793-1-22:2001 Optical fibres – Part 1-22 (Measurement methods and test procedures – Length measurement) – approved project
  • TIA-455-133 adoption of IEC-60793-1-22:2001 Optical fibres – Part 1-22 (Measurement methods and test procedures – Length measurement) – approved project
  • TIA-455-203 reaffirmation of adoption of IEC-61280-1-4 Fibre Optic Communication Subsystem Test Procedures – Part 1-4: General Communication Subsystems (Light Source Encircled Flux Measurement Method) – approved project
  • TIA-455-204 adoption of IEC-60793-1-41:2010 Optical fibres – Part 1-41 (Measurement Methods and Test Procedures – Bandwidth) – approved project

TR-42.13 Passive Optical Devices and Fiber Optic Metrology

  • FOCIS 10C (LC Connector) – default ballot
  • FOCIS 19 (CS connector) – 1st industry ballot


TR-42 2021 Committee and Subcommittee Officers


Greg Sandels, Chair (OFS)
Henry Franc, Vice-Chair (Belden)
Jonathan Jew, Secretary (J&M Consultants, Inc.)


Diane Forbes, Chair (NIS)
Cindy Montstream, Vice-Chair (Legrand)


Cindy Montstream, Chair (Legrand)
Jonathan Jew, Vice-Chair (J&M Consultants, Inc.)


Diane Forbes, Chair (NIS)
Ronald Tellas, Vice-Chair (Belden)


Wayne Larsen, Chair (CommScope)
Brian Celella, Vice-Chair (The Siemon Company)
Valerie Maguire, Secretary (The Siemon Company)


Brad Woodman, Chair (Molex, Inc.)
Brian Shuman, Vice-Chair (Belden)


Phillip Irwin, Chair (Panduit Corporation)
Dan Morris, Vice-Chair (KITCO Fiber Optics)


Patrick Van Vickle, Chair (Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Corporation)
Roman Shubochkin, Vice-Chair (OFS)


Greg Sandels, Chair (OFS)
Sunny Xu, Vice-Chair (CommScope)

Several subcommittees and task groups will have interim meetings throughout the spring before the next virtual committee meeting which will take place in June 2021. For more information about TR-42, or to join the committee, please contact Cheryl Thibideau at