The internet revolution would not have been possible without photonics. The ever growing amount of data transported at increasing data rates is possible thanks to optical fibers, opto-electronics components and a full range of photonic components and sub-systems such as optical amplifiers, optical switches, optical modulators…
1977 : first commercial fiber optic cable
1988 : first transatlantic fiber optic cable
1996 : first optically amplified transatlantic fiber optic cable
2017 : 118.5 Tbit/s transmission over 316 km-long multi-core fiber . Laboratory experiment conducted by NTT and NICT.