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LEAF(R) Fiber Proves Itself Over Decade-Long Revolution

Post Time:Apr 29,2009Classify:Company NewsView:303

LEAFNext time you download a movie, read your real-times surf the Internet, or watch a sporting event online, take a moment to quietly salute a Corning product that’s helped make it all possible. Over the past decade, LEAF® optical fiber has become the backbone of many of the world’s most-advanced long-haul networks. And LEAF fiber has now reached a remarkable milestone: More than 30 million kilometers sold.

The company announced the LEAF fiber milestone this week at the nation’s premiere telecommunications industry event – the Optical Fiber Communications Conference and the National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC). Marty Curran, senior vice president and general manager of Corning Optical Fiber, called LEAF fiber “a great example of Corning innovation and one of Corning’s most successful products, meeting customer needs over many years.” View the Video Extra with Dr. Claudio Mazzali on LEAF fiber history.

When the first shipments of LEAF fiber rolled out of the fiber plant in Wilmington, N.C. in 1998, most telecommunications networks had transmission needs that were modest by today’s standards. Most carriers transmitted voice and data files at the rate of 2.5 gigabytes per second (Gb/s). The following year, Corning wowed visitors to the Optical Fiber Communications Conference by demonstrating a 10 Gb/s system using LEAF fiber. Today, some carriers are running 40 Gb/s systems on the same LEAF fiber they deployed a decade ago.

As network requirements have grown, LEAF fiber has proven itself over and over again. The majority of sales and installations came in the first few years of the fiber’s commercial availability, but the demand has continued – albeit at a lower rate – as developing parts of the world have discovered its adaptability and cost-effectiveness.

There are currently more  than 100 carriers worldwide now using LEAF fiber to serve tens of millions of their customers. And, with most of us now using the Web for research, communications, shopping and entertainment, there’s a high likelihood some of those 30 million kilometers of LEAF fiber play an unseen but critical role in our day-to-day lives.

Source: Corning Inc.Author: shangyi

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