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Consumer Electronics by S. P. Bali

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FIBRE IN LOCAL LOOP

Basically, there are four ways to reach the local telephone company's end office, that is, there are only four ways to implement the local loop): copper wire, coaxial cable, fibre optic cable, and wireless communication. The copper is owned by the local phone company and they try to cram as much information as is technologically possible. The coaxial cable is owned by the local cable company. They too are trying to cram as much information down the cable as is technologically possible. Today, running fibre optic cable to individual homes is considered infeasible. And then there is wireless.

To date the majority of optical-fibre-systems have been installed in the trunk and inter-office network. The next stage is the introduction ...

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