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TIA PUBLISHES ADDENDUMThe Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) has published an addendum to the TIA/EIA-569A standard that deals with pathways and spaces.The document -- "Commercial Building ...


January 1, 2002  


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TIA PUBLISHES ADDENDUM

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) has published an addendum to the TIA/EIA-569A standard that deals with pathways and spaces.

The document — “Commercial Building Standard for Telecommunications Pathways and Spaces; Addendum 6 – Multi-Tenant Pathways and Spaces” — focuses on pathways and spaces common to the telecom infrastructure in multi-tenant buildings and campuses.

The TIA says the document recognizes the evolving nature of commercial tenant needs, the building’s inherent limitations in adapting to changing tenant needs once the building has been constructed, and the special attention to telecom pathways and spaces design necessitated during the initial planning stages of new building designs.

DATA GROWTH TO CONTINUE

It was not a capacity glut that brought telecom to its knees in 2001, but the industry’s inability to quickly transition to a business model oriented around data, a recent report from Insight Research, Parsippany, NJ has concluded.

“Voice services are still the primary generators of revenue for service providers throughout the world, even though the growth of data traffic and demand for broadband services continues unabated,” says Insight president Robert Rosenberg.

Insight’s study — “The 2001 Telecom Industry Review” — forecasts that data traffic will continue to double every 12 months, and predicts high growth in segments like VPN/IP data services and voice over packet services.

ALCATEL CUTS JOBS

French telecom equipment giant Alcatel announced that it has plunged into the red in the third quarter and warned of losses for the whole year. The company also announced an additional 10,000 job cuts in Europe to deal with a decline in the industry.

The company said it was bracing itself for continued weakness in its markets in the first half of 2002 and said it would have to cut costs by a further 20 per cent.

Alcatel said it expected a fourth-quarter operating loss of around the same size and a full-year net loss of approximately five billion euros.

FIBER-TO-THE-DESK ON THE RISE

Almost 25 per cent of companies have multimode fiber in their horizontal networks — and that number will rise to 33 per cent over the next two years, according to a survey of US businesses by Sage Research, Inc., Natick, MA.

Kathryn Korostoff, president of Sage says that “fiber-to-the-desktop is no longer restricted to early adopters — it is moving into the mainstream.” However, she says factors such as the perceived high-cost of fiber cabling may still affect wider adoption of fiber-to-the-desk.

Despite growth in multimode fiber use, the study found that Category 5 will remain the dominant cable type in the horizontal network through mid 2003.

COMPANIES MAKE NAME CHANGE

Opto-Electronics Inc. and RIFOCS Corp., both recently acquired by installation and testing provider Tempo, have changed their names to Tempo-Oakville and Tempo-Camarillo, respectively. Both companies’ brand names of fiber-optic test equipment will become unified under the parent company’s Tempo label.

Tempo-Oakville of Oakville, ON, specializes in high-resolution, short haul OTDRs for the communications and aerospace markets. Tempo-Camarillo is a supplier of fiber-optic test equipment to the telecom/datacom and military/aerospace markets.

Tempo-Camarillo will also take over sales, product marketing and customer service for the two companies.

CABLING WELCOMES BOARD MEMBER

Cabling Systems magazine is pleased to welcome Brad Masterson to its Editorial Advisory Board.

Mr. Masterson is Product Manager at Fluke Networks in Canada, Mississauga, ON (a division of Fluke Electronics Canada LP). In this position, he oversees new product introductions for the Networks Division.

With more than 20 years of experience, Mr. Masterson has particular expertise in electronic test and measurement in the high-tech and industrial markets. He is a Certified Electronic Engineering Technologist registered with OACETT and a member of BICSI.


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