As described above, the Control and Monitor system hardware essentially consists of a digital part, an analog part and the Optical Fiber system (see Figure 24.7).
The optical fiber is a single mode analog link operating at 1310 nm, and can carry signals from a few MHz to about 1 GHz. There are two fibers (an `forward link' and a `return link') between the Central Electronics Building (CEB) and each antenna. In the forward link the telemetry signals use an 18 MHz carrier, and the return link has a 205.5 MHz carrier. See Figure 24.8 for a schematic of the different signals carried by the forward and return links.