An engineering achievement: The first transoceanic lightwave system

Suzanne R. Nagel

After a decade of intensive design and engineering on an international scale, the world's first transoceanic lightwave system was initiated between Europe and North America last December by AT&T, British Telecom, and France Telecom. The system represents the first link in the Worldwide Intelligent Network that will connect the telecommunications networks of Europe and North America with the Far East. This system— known as TAT-8, since it is the eighth transatlantic telecommunications cable system—represents both the culmination of the hard and focused efforts of scientists and engineers from many disciplines, as well as just the beginning of an era in international telecommunications that will offer new and exciting opportunities for lightwave technology.

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