This proposed IEEE Milestone marks a significant step--use of optical cable--in the provision of trans-ocean--not just trans-Atlantic--cable communication as documented in the cited references. It is ready for consideration by the IEEE History Committee upon filing of the signed permission statement from AT&T for placement of the Milestone Plaque. (The draft statement has been provided.)
A good proposal and a milestone worthy of recognition. A couple of observations on the citation: It states that the consortium was led by these three companies. Is that really the case or did the consortium consist of the three companies with AT&T providing leadership? Also, the citation gives no sense of why the plaque is located where it is. The proposal states that the site is near the landing point of the cable. Could that be worked into the citation?
I too support this proposal wholeheartedly, but I also agree that the proposal might stress Bell Labs' major contributions to the technologies making under-sea digital communications possible. It wasn't an equal three-way split among three organizations, as implied by the wording. I also find the word "leapfrogging" ambiguous. I would rephrase the wording to incorporate specific technologies that had to be developed to make the cable possible. Sipress, in his Oral Interview, mentions some.
I support this as an IEEE Milestone.
Regarding the citation.....
I also tripped on the "...leapfrogged..." used as: "It leapfrogged the fiber cable, laser, detector and repeater technologies used in land applications at that time."
Might a more acceptable sentence be: "The technologies surpassed the fiber cable, laser, detector and repeater technologies used in land applications at the time"?
Or, perhaps the term "advanced" in place of surpassed or leapfrogged?
I support this milestone. And for what it's worth, I actually liked the word "leapfrogged." I thought it gave a good visual image & made the plaque less boring.
I approve the TAT-8 milestone and I approve the spirit of the new text sent by Rob Thursday, 31 July. However, the narrative has several abbreviations and acronyms, which seems unbecoming for a formal citation. Consider the following.
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX TAT-8, the first fiber-optic cable to cross an ocean, entered service on 14 December 1988. AT&T, British Telecom and France Telecom led the consortium that built TAT-8, which covered a seabed distance of 5846 kilometers between the United States, the United Kingdom, and France. AT&T Bell Laboratories developed the foundational technologies: 1.3 micron fiber, cabling and splicing, laser, detector, and 280 Mbps repeater for 40,000 telephone-calls capacity, and led the integration at Freehold, New Jersey. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
This citation has 75 words.
NOTE 1 For the purpose of grammar, I also changed … fiber, cable and splicing, … To … fiber, cabling and splicing, … Okay????
NOTE 2 Is this phrase correct? … splicing, laser, detector, and …
The phrase suggests that the TAT-8 project makes/invented the laser as a foundational technology. Lasers were developed decades before 1988. Is the intent to be “laser detector” technology? If so, then remove the comma so the phrase reads … splicing, laser detector, and … Someone, please address this issue.