Fiber Optic Cables and Mass Communication

In Mass Communication on October 30, 2009 at 6:23 am

Fiber optics is the transmission of light or images across short or long distances, and the fiber optic cables are strong, thin clear plastic rods that light travels through. The study of optical technology has been around since the French Chappe brothers invented the first optical telegraph in the 1790s. The consistent problem was always image quality loss.

Prior to fiber optics, there were copper wires and coxial cables. These technologies often carry static and they can take a long time to connect. Also, as our communication needs increased, we quickly reached the limits of these older technologies. After generations of studies and improvement, finally, in 1988, the first transatlantic fiber optic cable was laid. This new technology immediately formed the backbone of the global communications system, tremendously increased the capacity of the long distance telephone system, and fueled the growth of the Internet.





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