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- A central control device required by some networks (e.g., LANs or MANs) to provide such centralized functions as remodulation, retiming, message accountability, contention control, diagnostic control, and access to a gateway. 2. A control center of a CATV system, where incoming signals are amplified, converted, processed, and combined into a common cable for transmission to customers. The headend usually includes antennas, preamplifiers, frequency converters, demodulators, modulators, processors, and other related equipment. Synonym [in this sense] cable headend.
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- access tandem, backhaul, basic serving arrangement (BSA), common battery, concentration equipment, Drop, network element location (NE location), power failure transfer, principal ground point (PGP), Thousand-Block (NXX-X) Number Pooling: