This is a neat item. It allows us to completely catch up to the present state of the art.
When this technology was reported back in the mid seventies, i understood immediately that is eliminated the bottle neck imposed by our then telephone lines. From that point onward it was a case of watching a certain winner. sometimes to grew wildly then others it merely consolidated while the market ate up surplus broadband.
At present the technology is been implemented in the overall residential market. This will have the ultimate advantage of securing communication from any form of EMP attack. Nice by product and it removes that vulnerability.
Awareness of the EMP risk would also have induced the steady substitution of electric devices with their shielded equivalents. Even then an EMP attack is mostly recoverable with ample access to comms.
125 microns: Diameter of the cladding (outside of cable) of a single-mode fiber-optic cable
50 or 62.5 microns: Diameter of the core of a multimode fiber-optic cable
>80%: Share of homes and businesses China is planning to connect to fiber optics
25: US rank out of 40 nations among Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries for average internet download speeds
$25–40: Monthly price of internet plans in Tokyo, Oslo, Singapore, and Hong Kong
80%: Share of the world’s long distance telecommunications traffic carried via fiber-optic cables at the end of the 20th century
80 milliseconds: Time it takes for a signal to travel from Europe to the US and back on underwater data cables
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1880: Alexander Graham Bell invents a “photophone” that transmits voice signals through light.
1920s: John Logie Baird patents the use of transparent rods to transmit images for television, while Clarence W. Hansell uses the same technique to create facsimiles.
1930: Heinrich Lamm transmits the first image—a lightbulb—through a group of optical fibers.
1955: Narinder Singh Kapany coins the term “fiber optics” while working on his doctorate thesis.
1964: Charles Kao discovers that pure glass reduces light loss and can send fiber-optic signals over much further distances. He later won the 2009 Nobel Prize for this discovery.
1970: Corning Glass Works invents the first single-mode fibers small enough for telecommunications.
1973: Bell Laboratories develops a manufacturing process for the mass production of optical fiber.
1975: The US government links the computers at NORAD headquarters using fiber optics.
1977: The first telephone fiber-optic system is installed under downtown Chicago.
1987: Sprint becomes the first 100% fiber optic network in the US.
1988: The first transatlantic telephone fiber-optic cable goes into operation.