Toner Cable Equipment Inc. History

Like most companies, our beginning was
a humble one. After working as National Sales Manager for Jerrold Electronics, which
is now CommScope our founder Bob Toner decided to strike out on his own in May
of 1971, distributing multi-taps and antennas from his basement with the help
of his three children and his wife, Shawn.

Despite an industry-wide recession in
the early 70s, Bob’s small company managed to thrive, adding Sadelco and
Blonder Tongue to its growing list of suppliers. As his customer base
increased, Bob quickly realized he needed more space. In 1973 Bob moved his
entire operation to a larger facility located in Horsham, PA, then again in
1975 to an adjacent building that still serves as Toner Cable’s US headquarters
to this day.

In keeping with his initial,
family-run concept, Bob’s son, BJ, joined the company in 1979 to head up the
satellite services division.

In 1985 the company introduced their
first own branded products, outdoor multi-taps and passives. By 1987, Toner
Cable began supplying Fiber optic transmitters and receivers by Olson

1989 proved to be a historic year for
Bob Toner and his company. While exploring the UK Cable TV market and attending
a trade show in London, United Artist Cable approached Bob with a drawing on a
napkin of a unique tap for the dense housing in UK neighborhoods. That fateful
meeting gave birth to the QuadTap, a device that allows for 32 or 48 tap ports
in one housing with different tap values.

The QuadTap was (to borrow an
English phrase) a smashing success. Between 1990 and 2004, Toner Cable supplied
the QuadTap to just about every cable operator in the UK. This inroad to the
European market paved the way for Toner Cable Equipment UK Ltd., which is
currently based in Oxfordshire, England and supplies a wide range of equipment
throughout Europe and Asia.

But Toner’s expansion did not
stop there. In 1998, as demand grew in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central
America, Toner Cable established their Latin American sales division based in
Florida. Employing a friendly sales team that understands the language and
culture­ of these customers in the region has allowed us to help them build their
cable networks.

By 2005, the age of Digital TV
was underway, and Toner Cable was right there at the forefront of the new
industry. As we learned the new Digital technology and terminology our sales team
became the go to for answers and solutions in the often confusing “digital
world” Customers continue to look to Toner Cable to provide cutting edge
solutions and assistance in making the transition to the new digital

By 2005, Bob Toner scaled back
his daily involvement with the company, passing the torch to his son, BJ Toner,
who is currently Toner Cable’s President.

In 2009, Toner Cable began
providing conditional access systems and complete digital headends. This
technology has become much more affordable for the smaller operators, thanks to
digital. Toner Cable prides itself on being a high-quality, yet affordable
alternative to the “big two” that have dominated the conditional access and set
top industry since the 70s. Since it began offering conditional access systems,
Toner Cable has installed more than 15 systems, with sizes ranging from 300
subscribers to 20,000.

In 2010 we established our
field service and technical team. We provide customers with onsite system
installations, system conversions from Analog to Digital, system consulting,
design and building custom headends. We provide these services for customers
around the world.

In 2013 Rob Toner joined his
father BJ at Toner Cable in the sales department. Now Rob is General Manager
and VP of Administration. In 2018 BJ’s other son Sean Toner joined the company
as Marketing Manager as well as handling Trade Shows. Toner Cable Equipment Inc
continues to be a privately held company.

On October 7th 2015,
we lost our founder Robert L. Toner, a loving husband, father and successful
entrepreneur who will be missed by all. Robert L. Toner grew Toner Cable into
what we all know today, he is recognized by many in the industry and will be
remembered fondly as the successful salesman that he always was.

As the industry continues to
evolve with new technology such as DOCSIS, Fiber to the home, Gigabit Ethernet
and 2 GHz bandwidth, Toner Cable has developed many new products to support
these technologies. Since the introduction of our first 450 MHz multitaps in
1985 to today, we now have more than 300 products under the Toner brand! Toner
Cable continues to expand their product line at affordable costs to fit their customer’s

Along with his father’s technical knowledge of the industry
and his own expertise, BJ Toner and the Toner Cable staff continue the
company’s philosophy of having high-quality and reliable equipment in stock at
reasonable prices. 

-BJ Toner, President 

US Company

Toner Cable Equipment, Inc.
969 Horsham Road
Horsham, Pennsylvania 19044 USA

Tel:  215-675-2053

Email:  [email protected]

UK Company

Toner Cable Equipment UK Ltd.
Unit 9, Berinsfield Business Park
Tower Industrial Estate, Fane Drive
Berinsfield, Oxfordshire OX10 7LN England

Tel:  (44) 0186 534 1222
Fax:  (44) 0186 534 1233

Email:  [email protected]