UNDER THE SEA
Connecting Optical Cables in the middle of the sea
This video is about the tale of engineers filled with resolution, who made the challenge to solve a problem in society by pushing the boundaries of technology.
The submarine optical fiber cabling system is the most crucial component of the global communications network, which supports the globally increasing Internet traffic.
The expectations on connecting the cables for the submarine system were very high: the fibers needed to be connected with the lowest loss with maximum reliability, and needed to function for decades. The success or failure to do so was up to the fiber optic fusion splicers.
When the need for such connections first arose, the fusion splicing technology at the time was far from meeting the expected levels of performance. However, with the right amount of knowledge, skill, and resolution, Sumitomo Electric's engineers developed the first machine that could connect the world.
Now, 20 years after the first machine, Sumitomo Electric's fusion splicers are the only officially certified machine for submarine systems.