The BCN fiber-optic field trial in London, Ontaria, is the first major fiber-optic CATV supertrunk installation in North America. The supertrunk transmits 12 NTSC color-television channels and 12 FM stereo channels over an 8-fiber cable, 7.8 km in length. Audio, video, and FM signals are digitized and multiplexed into a single 322-Mbit/sec bitstream, which modulates an injection-laser diode. A description of system-specification hardware and of the installation is presented with the aid of a videotape. Emphasis is placed on describing cable installation, splicing, and connection.

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