A cost-effectiveness analysis of alternative guided media for the backbone cable plant portion of the Base Information Transfer System
Skelly, Vernon Michael
Gates, William R.
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The Base Information Transfer System (BITS) and the Telephone Modernization Plan (TMP) will upgrade the backbone cable plant of the telephone system on Navy bases. Using a hypothetical Navy base and its existing twisted-pair wire network, this paper analyzes the unique costs of optical fiber and twisted-pair wire for four installation options: immediate installation of optical fiber; time phased installation of optical fiber; time-phased installation of twisted-pair wire in trenches; and time-phased installation of twisted-pair wire in existing conduit. The cost analysis indicates that the lowest cost option is twisted-pair wire installed in conduit. However, the cost-effectiveness analysis concludes that time-phased installation of optical fiber is the best alternative due to its performance characteristics.
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