How Has Fiber Optics Made the World of Communications Better?

coffey_thumbnail Joseph Coffey June 16, 2017

This blog post is part of our blog series—Fiber Friday. Our subject matter experts will provide you with some insight into the world of fiber optics, covering various industry topics.

Can you believe how far communications has come in the past several decades? Rotary phones gave way to cordless and smart phones. Basic television (where you had to adjust the rabbit ear antenna) gave way to cable television and streaming any content you want, any time you want.

One thing that has helped with the evolution of communications has been the deployment of fiber optic cables. Fiber has turned the mobile phone into a portable computer that can not only make calls but take and share pictures, stream video and other amazing things.

In this vlog, I explain how fiber optics have changed communications and the world we live in by providing us the data we so desperately require.

About the Author


Joseph Coffey

Joseph Coffey is a senior principal engineer at CommScope with more than 20 years’ experience. In his role, Coffey integrates various elements of science and technology to create systems that enhance productivity and solve problems. Before CommScope, Coffey spent time at Apionix and Ortonix, and holds 70 patents. Coffey has a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Science (Cum Laude) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.