Photonics In Cable Television Systems

During the last decade, millions of miles of fiber optic cable and thousands of photonic components revolutionized the telecommunications industry. Digital long-haul systems, using single-mode fiber and simple Fabry-Perot lasers, offered unquestionable quality and bandwidth advantages over the antiquated microwave network. Yet in spite of the success of digital lightwave technology, the fidelity of even the finest early fiber links did not allow transmission of the complete video spectrum delivered by the cable television industry over coaxial cable.

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