The evolution of optical fiber-enabled communications networks has taken place over time. Optical fiber was predominantly built by telephone companies in the early 1980s, and the benefits were obvious. Optical fiber could transmit large volumes of data and light signals over great distances – several times longer than copper.

Fiber’s potential to revolutionize telecommunications became obvious almost immediately after its invention and widespread deployment. The fiber was first used exclusively for international subsea cabling as well as national and regional backbones due to its high cost. Operators began to include fiber in metro and access networks, data centers, and within offices as costs were reduced.

How does it work?

Fiber optics, unlike traditional transmission technologies that use metallic-based systems to convey data, are not electrical. The transmission device sends light signals to a receiver via a fiber. Fiber optic connections, unlike other transmission techniques, do not degrade over time, which is why they are so popular.

Optical fiber and cutting-edge technology

Because fiber optic cables carry light (DUH!), their capacity for carrying information is significantly superior to wires or coaxial cables. Light beams traveling via optical cables have a frequency of roughly 200 trillion cycles per second.

Optical fibers are low-cost to manufacture, do not conduct electricity, are not affected by lightning storms, and are compact.

Optical fiber changed communication technology by allowing higher data volumes to be transmitted over significantly longer distances with significantly less interference than older copper technologies.

The Future Shines Brightly

Present youth is unlike any previous in terms of connectivity. Over 5 billion kilometers of optical fiber are currently in use around the world, connecting people, businesses, communities, governments, and continents.

The ability to communicate voice, data, video and applications like file-sharing, online gaming, video on demand, and HDTV immediately and globally is driving communications networks to expand and evolve. We’ve continued to develop and supply new generations of optical fiber technology since inventing the first low-loss optical fiber, enabling the global development of broadband access.

Optical fiber has the flexibility to evolve and adapt to future communication needs due to its compatibility with other technologies and practically limitless bandwidth capacity. We pioneered the optical fiber revolution and will continue to lead the industry in developing next-generation technology for today’s and tomorrow’s communications networks.

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