This work Investigates how to share the MGb/s transport capabilities offered by lightwave systems among a multitude of users and how to integrate the multiple broadband and narrowband services that a user may require. We have demonstrated a 1.2-Gb/s system to provide packet communications in the distributed switching system shown In Fig. 1. The system provides multiple access at 1.2 Gb/s and consists of a unique mode architecture that combines available lightwave, gallium arsenide, and silicon technologies.

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