Making the RosterSome of you may be familiar with standards groups but may not know how my company works within these groups to help develop the specifications for new and emerging technologies.

CommScope has been a longstanding global leader in standards development, and our expertise was rewarded last month at the TIA TR-42 Engineering Committee meeting with key committee appointments

Voted on by our partners as well as competitors, these high-profile positions demonstrate the respect that we’ve earned within the industry. I would like to recognize some of my new teammates (and yes, me too) for taking on important roles in the standards groups:

Wayne Larsen was elected Chair of TR 42.7, Telecommunications Copper Cabling Systems

Paul Kolesar was re-elected Chair of TR 42.11, Optical Systems

Julie Roy (yours truly),  is Chair of TR 42.4, Outside-plant Cabling Systems; Chair of TR 42.10, Sustainable Information Communications Technology; and newly-elected Vice-Chair of TR 42.5, Telecommunications Infrastructure Terms and Symbols

Several other CommScope team members were appointed as task group chairs and document editors. The elections reflect our longstanding work and commitment in developing industry standards, specifications and best practices in the US and abroad.

Within the TR-42 committee and TR 42.7 subcommittee, we’ve taken an active role in developing the Category 8 cabling systems standard. We are committed members of TIA TR-42 and continually work to develop useful documents that support today’s applications while promoting a migration path for future applications. On the TR 42.11 fiber side, we’re working hard on multimode launch conditions for the field-testing and preparation of 400 Gbps Ethernet.

CommScope continually strives to advance standards in cabling infrastructure, security, educational facilities, intelligent building systems and sustainable information communications technology. Our work with distributed antenna systems (DAS) continues to pave the way for industry best practices. We’ve created documents that address all of these subject areas, and they’ve quickly become valuable industry resources.  

Our goal is to seek new and innovative ways to protect our customers’ cabling infrastructure and investment. We accomplish this goal with practical, in-field experience and a team of technical managers throughout North America who help our customers understand published and developing standards, as well as optimize their telecommunications cabling design.

If you have any questions about our involvement within the standards groups or how standards affect your area, leave a comment below and I will be sure to get back with you. 

About the Author

Julie Roy

Julie has been in the telecommunications cabling industry since 1988, working for carriers, manufacturers and as a consultant. Her expertise and her leadership in multiple standards development organizations has been recognized and awarded in Canada and the United States. Starting at Bell Canada as a central office technician, she worked up through a number of positions to become a Cabling Solutions and LAN Specialist, responsible for contracted network design and installation. In 1999, she began working for NORDX/CDT (now Belden) as the subject matter expert on technical issues related to cabling design, implementation and product applications. From 2005 to 2012, as a self-employed consultant, she has been involved in numerous office building projects and international data center projects. Recently, she was hired by CommScope as a technical manager where she supports customers, consultants and business partners in the design and installation phases. She has been actively involved in standards development since 1999, occupying leadership positions in the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and Canadian Standard Association (CSA). Julie served as Chair of the CSA T104 Committee, responsible for telecommunications cabling standards for commercial and residential installations in Canada, for five years and in terms as Vice-chair of the TIA TR-42.1 Subcommittee on Commercial Building Cabling and TIA TR-42.8 Subcommittee on Optical Fiber Systems. She also served as the editor and expert contributor for several widely recognized published standards including the ANSI/TIA-942, Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard for Data Centers, and ANSI/TIA-862-A, Building Automation Systems Cabling Standard. At this time, Julie is the Chair of the TIA TR-42.4 Subcommittee, Customer-Owned Outside Plant Telecommunications Infrastructure and Chair of TIA TR-42.10 Subcommitee, Sustainable Information Communications Technology. In 1997, she was recognized as the first woman in Canada to earn her BICSI RCDD certification. She followed this with her NTS certification in 1998, and her ESS certification in 2009. Since January 2008, Julie has been involved with BICSI as an active member of the Registration and Specialties Supervision Committee (RSSC) and the Ethics Committee. In 2004, Julie was recognized as the recipient of the BICSI Ross G.H. Cotton Award for contributions of an individual in the BICSI Canadian Region to the advancement of BICSI and its goals and objectives. In January 2011, Julie was recognized as the recipient of The Harry J. Pfister Award for Excellence in the Telecommunications Industry. Awarded by the University of South Florida, College of Engineering, the Harry J. Pfister Award for Excellence in the Telecommunications Industry recognizes the lifetime achievement or major accomplishment of an individual in the telecommunications industry. Julie graduated with a bachelor degree of Arts from the Lenoir-Rhyne University (Hickory, NC), a degree in Architecture Technical Studies from the Vanier College (Montreal, Canada) and a specialized certificate in telecommunications from the Ecole des Technologies Superieures of the University of Quebec (Montreal, Canada). Julie is well known for her development of technical documentation, participation of industry cabling standards, and in market-facing content. She speaks French fluently and is a frequent presenter in industry forums and continues her participation in the industry standards forums.

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