A Brief History and Exploration of Fiber Optics Cables

A Brief History and Exploration of Fiber Optics Cables

The electrical grids that we use in society, today, actually mimics the immigration and plumbing systems of ancient societies—like those at the height of the Roman Empire—dating back, maybe, 2000 years.  Indeed, at the time, the ancient Romans developed a system for plumbing founded largely on a large, heavily integrated network of lead pipes which could move water without any human intervention.

As you may have concluded, this is very similar to the systems that we use today.

Indeed, the electrical system we use today is actually similar to this method in that the power we derive from the system is all generated in a single place and then transported through a network to those who need it. In the ancient Greek plumbing system, this singular source was called an aquifer; today, we might call it a powerplant.

Of course, we have managed to continue to upgrade this Primecables.com system over time.


The communications system we use today relies on something called a fiber optics network.  This system allows human beings to send information faster than ever before, thanks to the digital revolution.  When you use a landline telephone, for example, an analog signal is delivered through a series of cables over hundreds—maybe thousands—of miles to the other person.  When you use a cell phone, the same signal is sent to a satellite and beamed back and forth between you and the other person to whom you are talking.

Fiber optics, though, sends information via coded beam of light through a plastic or glass tube.  As a matter of fact, this technology has been around since the 1950s, but it originated as a tool to help doctors see better inside the human body during surgery.  Obviously, researchers figured out that there is so much more to this technology than just as an early endoscope.


Today, the fiber optics system we rely on is made up of small plastic or glass strands we call optical fibers. Each cable can have as few as two optical fiber strands, but most have dozens or even hundreds more.  These cables can each carry upwards of 25,000 phone calls.  As you may have ascertained, fiber optic cables use light to carry this data—that is why it can transport so much information so quickly over such a grand distance.

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