The Cable Television Industry has developed over the years many thousands of miles of coaxial broadband cable communications systems. The primary use of these systems has been for the delivery of entertainment services into the home. Even the limited data which has been introduced into our systems is used for control of entertainment offerings.
This paper will deal with the business applications of data networks and the parameters which will be viewed by the end user as critical to his data communications needs. These parameters will include: l) end to end throughput 2) queuing delay 3) error correction 4)blocking probabilities 5) delay - throughput curves and many more which are inter-related to the network design.
The entrance into the business data communications arena will require us all to learn new skills to both design and market these services.