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Data Needs Drive Underwater Fiber Developments

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The data deluge, the majority of which is transmitted via subsea cables, is propelling innovations in a range of fiber optic components.

HANK HOGAN, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

Data traffic will nearly double in the next three years, according to analysts. Many bits will travel between data centers over land, and many will make the long journey across the ocean, moving through fiber optic cables that sit on the seafloor. An estimated 1.2 million km of submarine fiber is in use today. Government statistics indicate that nearly all international data traffic, perhaps as much as 99 percent, travels via submarine cable, with satellite transmissions making up the

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Photonics Spectra
Feb 2019
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