How the fibre communications revolution began

Fibre preform rod heated in a flame and drawn into fibre

Fibre preform rod heated in a flame and drawn into fibre

The end of a glass preform rod is heated using an Oxy-Hydrogen burner and drawn into a thin optical fibre

2016: Half a Century of Optical Fibre Communications

2016 is the 50th anniversary of the publication that started it all.

Optical Fibre has transformed our world yet is now almost completely ignored.

The reasons?:

  • It is largely hidden (beneath our streets and oceans).
  • No surviving commercial organisation has an interest in promoting the STL history.
  • Few remember just how poor global communications used to be.

Useful Links

For anyone who enjoyed STL

STL Quarter Century Club


For the full story of optical communication see

"City of Light - The Story of Fiber Optics" by Jeff Hecht


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