CORNING, NY | Corning Incorporated | September 16, 2020
1970 innovation by Corning scientists started a ‘communications revolution’
CORNING, N.Y. — Corning Incorporated today joined the optical communications industry in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the company’s world-changing invention of low-loss optical fiber.
The breakthrough material, each strand thinner than a human hair, made possible today’s ever-faster telecommunications networks that link neighborhoods, connect cities, and bridge continents.
“Our invention of low-loss optical fiber ushered in a communications revolution,” said Wendell P. Weeks, chairman and chief executive officer. “Fifty years ago, few could have imagined the impact of optical fiber on our world today, but that’s what we do at Corning – we create innovations that transform industries, enhance people’s lives, and continue to unleash significant new capabilities.”
Over the past 50 years, that groundbreaking invention has enabled the development of new technologies in data communications, video streaming, cloud computing, and more that enable the connected lifestyle the world is accustomed to today.