A Discussion Of A Fiber Optic Off-Premises Two-way Addressable Converter System Installation: The Successes And Lessons Of Alameda (1985)

By Lawrence w. Engdahl, Times Fiber Communications, Inc.

United Cable Television Company's Alameda California cable system is an application of fiber-optic technology in a dual-cable, two-way franchise. The 24,000 homes passed in the star-switched Mini-Hub I system provided new lessons and solutions that Previous French and Japanese developments attempted to solve with smaller subscriber bases.

Times Fiber Communications, Inc. (TFC) electronic developments incorporated commercial quality components into outdoor off-premises equipment. Micro-computer technology was incorporated into two-way, FSK, high traffic fiber-optic links between subscribers and the local hubs. Important lessons on trunk amplifier tuning and constructing the two-way coaxial link between the headend to the local hubs were also learned.

The world's most extensive aerial and burial fiber-optic distribution system contains patentable developments in fiber connections, junctions, and weatherproofing. Two new fiber optic connectors were introduced that reduced fiber connector costs by five times.

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