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Optical Communications Laboratory

To contribute to the development of a connected society, we are pushing ahead with the continuous innovation of optical fiber technologies fundamental to the broadband communication network and its expansion into data centers and households.
We are also working on the application of optical technologies to new fields.

Optical fiber

Since the early 1970s, we have developed a vapor-phase axial deposition (VAD) method, a Japanese original technology to produce optical fibers efficiently. Based on this technology, we have been making innovations in advanced optical fibers and related technology to produce these fibers efficiently.

Ultra-low loss optical fiber with pure silica core
Ultra-low loss optical fiber with pure silica core

Our ultra-low loss optical fibers based on pure-silica core technology are best for long-distance high-capacity communications, such as submarine optical cables. After our continuous innovation in glass and coating technologies, we achieved a transmission loss of 0.1419 dB/km at 1560 nm wavelength in 2017, which is a new record for lowest loss.

Next generation optical fibers/Connection technology

We are conducting R&D on innovative multi-core optical fibers (MCF) and related connection technology that overcomes the limitations of conventional standard single-core fiber and paves the way for petabit optical transmission.

High-capacity interconnection technologies

We are developing high-capacity interconnections using our metal and optical cable technologies for rapidly expanding data centers, where high speed as well as low power consumption are required.
We are also working on the development of new high speed cables for appliances.

High-capacity interconnection technologies
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