Partners in telecommunications,
Vol. 4, No 1, January/February, 1996
Magazine for Bell Employees in Quebec
In the traditional telecommunications-network economy, bandwidth was rare and difficult to increase due to the engineering costs associated with installing new lines, whereas switching was relatively inexpensive. As a result, today's trans-Canadian network comprises 41 toll switches. That is all changing, however, with the arrival of fiber optics and virtually limitless transmission capacity. Now, increasing already enormous bandwidth is simply a matter of modifying optoelectronic terminal equipment.