The invention of Optical Fibre Communications at STL in 1966

Sir Charles K.Kao
2009 Nobel Prize in PhysicsStandard Telecommunication Laboratories, Harlow Essex, UK

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Ideas that failed, ideas that worked

Charles Kao at STL in 1966

Fibre loss tumbles

Hitchin-Stevenage Field Demo
140Mbit/sec each way, carrying real traffic
Now all the parts had to be conceived and developed

Undersea transoceanic systems
The most challenging for reliability and distance

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