Did you know?
- 99% of all data is carried on optical fibre.
- In 2010, the length of fibre installed reached from the Sun to Saturn. The length of fibre grows by approximately 17% per year.
- Data traffic doubles every 16 months.
- By 2020 we will have run out of data capacity - this means bandwidth will be rationed, or prices will increase.
- Data is measured in bytes: 1 exabyte is 1018 bytes, or 200 million DVDs. 5 exabytes = a transcript of all words ever spoken. Cisco forecasts 11.2 exabytes per month of mobile data traffic by 2017.
- UNLOC aims to maximise the capacity of the world's optical fibre.
The UK's photonics sector employs 70,000 people, and is worth over £10.5 billion to the UK economy.
The first fully working system was used to interconnect police computer systems in Dorset in 1975.
- Her Majesty the Queen attended the first public demonstration of fibre optic communication, which took place at the 100th anniversary celebrations of the UK's Institution of Electronic Engineers in 1971.
The world's fastest communication system could transmit the information contained in 4,000 Blu-ray discs over 30 miles every second.
- An optical fibre is the width of a single human hair.