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At Corning, innovation never stops. We changed communications when we invented low-loss optical fiber.

Corning Celebrates 50 Years of Optical Fiber Innovation

From a Single Strand of Glass



From a Single Strand of Glass

Fifty years ago, a single strand of glass and a bright spot of light set the world on an epic path of continuous innovation. Watch this video to learn more about the invention of low-loss optical fiber and the life-changing technologies it continues to enable.

Life-Changing Innovation

The invention of low-loss optical fiber has allowed us to share data, videos, and conversations with family, friends, and coworkers worldwide. One invention in 1970 has led to a continuing story of innovation. This is that story.

Evolution of Optical Fibrer

The Evolution of Optical Fiber

Optical fiber provides virtually unlimited possibilities with its immense bandwidth potential and adaptability. Learn more about the capabilities of optical fiber and Corning’s role in its history and evolution.


Fiber Basics


The History of Fiber

For years we have operated within a culture of innovation that has positioned us as the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. In 1970, we ignited the communications revolution by inventing the first low-loss optical fiber for use in telecommunications networks around the world. Since fiber was invented over 50 years ago, our ongoing product and process innovations have helped make possible ever-faster telecommunications networks that link neighborhoods, connect cities, and bridge continents.

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The Modes of Light

How It Works

Brilliant Clarity over Distance.

Known for innovative design and practical applications, we have developed an array of single-mode fiber and multimode fiber products for all of today's applications. Single-mode fiber has a smaller core, allowing only one mode of light to move through it at a time. This streamlined design is used primarily in telephony applications, where the fiber needs high signal clarity over long distances. Multimode fiber has a larger core, allowing hundreds of modes to move through the fiber simultaneously. Multimode fiber is used primarily for data communications in enterprise networks, like campuses or buildings where transmission distances are two kilometers or less.

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Fiber Myths

The Truth About Glass

Remarkably Strong, Enduringly Flexible

Whether we’re filling a glass of water or washing our windshield, we take glass for granted as a functional yet fragile part of our everyday lives. 

What are the myths – and the facts – behind optical fiber?

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Educational Resources

Learning Tools for Teachers and Students

Educating Tomorrow’s Scientists

We realize tomorrow’s dreamers and innovators are critical to success. We are dedicated to equipping teachers and students with educational tools and sharing our knowledge about optical fiber, its composition, and its capabilities.

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Seamlessly Connect to the World

Customer Service

Corning Commits to Outstanding Service, Before, During, and After Delivery

Corning Commits to Outstanding Service

Our objective is to make every customer relationship a completely positive experience thanks to:


  • Technical and field support
  • Customer-specific experts
  • A team prepared to answer questions about network design or system modeling
  • Education via our website
How to Order
Corning offers three convenient ways to order Corning® optical fiber:
  • Contact your sales representative
  • Call the Optical Fiber Customer Service Department at +1 607-248-2000
  • Email the Optical Fiber Customer Service Department at cofic@corning.com
Corning Optical Fiber Information Center
The Corning Optical Fiber Information Center (COFIC) is the most extensive fiber optic information resource in the world. With just a phone call or an email, you can be in touch with a team of trained information specialists and technical experts that are ready to answer your questions and provide you with the information you need. They have various resources at their fingertips, including product brochures, samples, product specification sheets, case histories, application notes, white papers, technical article reprints, training materials, measurement methods, and much more.
If you currently deploy optical fiber, are considering it for the future, or simply need information on fiber technology, contact COFIC at (607) 248-2000 or by email at cofic@corning.com. Our North America representatives are available by phone between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (EST), Monday through Friday.