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Undersea fiber-optic cable communications system of the future: operational, reliability, and systems considerations

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An increasing demand for large-capacity reliable international telecommunications links has led to various proposals introducing digital fiber-optic undersea cable systems. However, the task to minimize the cost of a fiber-optic undersea cable communications system while simultaneously achieving the required reliability using suitable digital repeater electronics is formidable. We report here an in-depth analysis of operational, reliability, and system requirements for such communications systems in the Atlantic and Pacific regions. The presentation will include a critical evaluation of various subsystems such as optical-fiber cable, digital optical repeater, terminal equipment, as well as other overall system requirements for optical and electrical power budgets.

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