In 1970, Corning scientists Drs. Robert D. Maurer, Donald B. Keck and Peter C. Schultz fundamentally changed and dramatically improved communication. Long before the Internet, cell phones and video conferencing, these innovators created the first low-loss optical fiber, a hair-thin strand of highly-transparent glass able to transmit information by reflecting light through the length of its core.
Today we take for granted our ability to quickly connect to the world and access information easily without leaving our home or office.
As the foundation of the "information superhighway," our optical fiber solutions provide immeasurable benefits to neighborhoods, cities and continents.
Why is optical fiber so important? The way we live, work and play has been redefined thanks to optical fiber.
Fiber enables the delivery of entertainment media such as high-definition TV, gaming systems and high-speed Internet. Because of optical fiber solutions, people around the world are able to use email, conduct research, participate in online learning opportunities and teleconference with family, friends, and coworkers.
Educational and financial institutions, health care facilities and businesses rely on tools and services enabled by optical fiber. We have delivered products for all network applications that facilitate e-learning, secure transfer of data, the delivery of life-saving medical technology, online medical consultations, and more.
Optical fiber has created a communications pipeline that enables telecommunications service providers to send voice, data, and video at ever increasing rates.