Re: Crazy idea!

Christian Weisgerber (
Fri, 13 Nov 1998 21:17:35 +0100 (CET)

In article <> you write:

> Furthermore, over the last few years, there have been enormous
> increases in the bandwidth that a fiber can be made to support.


> The new fiber is passive: no repeaters on the sea floor, so the new
> technology can be applied to existing fiber by upgrading the on-land
> endpoints.

Huh? Can you point me to some references on this? It appears wildly contradictory to what I heard in my fiber optics course last spring. There are now purely *optical* repeaters, which are pumped with light, so no electric power supply system needs to be embedded in the cable, but of course you still need repeaters and you can't upgrade old cable.

Christian "naddy" Weisgerber        
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