Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) will host a free webinar, Data Center Design, Planning, and Upcoming Changes to the ANSI/TIA-942 Standard, on May 17th at 1:30 p.m. EDT. Participants will earn one BICSI Continuing Education Credit.

Data center network infrastructure is set to undergo a major transformation to meet the needs of continuously growing data traffic while supporting IoT and the advent of 5G networks. This webinar will provide an overview of data center design, the changes in the upcoming revision of ANSI/TIA-942 Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard for Data Centers, and review use cases in the implementation of ANSI/TIA-942. This standard is produced by TIA's TR-42 Committee on Telecommunications Cabling Systems.

The webinar is recommended for data center operators/owners and designers, project managers, certified internal and external auditors, certified design consultants, architects, engineering firms, installers, endusers, and manufacturers.

The TIA webinar features speakers with a wealth of data center and standards experience:

  • Henry Franc, Premises & Data Center Solutions Specialist, Belden. Franc is an advisor to large or complex projects, with an emphasis on data center design, planning and building, across all verticals. He serves as chair of the TIA TR-42.1 Commercial Building Telecommunications Cabling Engineering Sub-Committee.

  • Jonathan Jew, president of J&M Consultants. Jew is president of an information technology and telecommunications consulting firm that specializes in data center projects. He is the editor of the recently published ANSI/TIA-942-B Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard for Data Centers.

  • Glenn Sexton, president and CEO, NIS. With more than 25 years of experience, Sexton is an expert on structured cabling and connectivity standards. He sits on multiple national engineering standards committees and is an active participant in the TIA committee on educational spaces

About TR-42 Telecommunications Cabling Systems Committee

The TR-42 Telecommunications Cabling Systems Committee develops and maintains voluntary telecommunications standards for telecommunications cabling infrastructure in user-owned buildings, such as commercial buildings, residential buildings, homes, data centers and industrial buildings. The generic cabling topologies, design, distances and outlet configurations as well as specifics for these locations are addressed.

TR-42 comprises one parent committee and 11 subcommittees that cover requirements for copper and optical fiber cabling components (such as cables, connectors and cable assemblies), installation, and field testing, in addition to the administration, pathways and spaces to support the cabling. Over 90 companies from 13 countries (Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the United States) participate in TR-42 standards development.

ANSI/TIA-942 Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard

The ANSI/TIA-942 Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard for Data Centers is developed by the TR-42.1 Generic and Premises Cabling Subcommittee. TR-42.1 develops and maintains cabling standards for generic customer-owned telecommunications networks. These standards are intended to specify open systems designed to support a wide variety of voice, data, video, and other low voltage, power-limited applications. TR-42.1 also develops and maintains telecommunications cabling standards for premises networks such as commercial buildings, data centers, building automation, etc. This Subcommittee specifies cabling system topology, architecture, design, installation, testing and performance requirements. Go to for further information.