Thanks for visiting Fibre Systems.

You're trying to access an editorial feature that is only available to logged in, registered users of Fibre Systems. Registering is completely free, so why not sign up with us?

By registering, as well as being able to browse all content on the site without further interruption, you'll also have the option to receive our magazine (multiple times a year) and our email newsletters.

Sixth annual Gimme Fibre Day pays tribute to Sir Charles Kuen Kao

Share this on social media:

Members of the optical communications industry celebrated the sixth annual ‘Gimme Fibre Day’ on 4 November this year, by paying tribute to Sir Charles Kuen Kao, who passed away in September.

Launched in 2013, the global Gimme Fibre Day was created by the FTTH Council Global Alliance (including the five FTTH Councils: Africa, Americas, APAC, Europe and MENA) to celebrate fibre as a futureproof broadband access solution, and showcase how it has positively impacted global communities. Companies and individuals in the industry tool to social media to show their support using the hashtag #GimmeFibre

The 4 November was chosen for the event as it is the birthdate of Nobel Prize winner Sir Charles Kuen Kao, whose work in fibre optics is said to have helped to pave the way for the development of communications as we know them today. Professor Kao passed away on 23 September 2018.

The FTTH Councils’ Global Alliance, chaired by the FTTH Council Europe jointly paid tribute to Professor Kao on what would have been his birthday. A statement from the council said: ‘By showing the superior capacity of fibre optic cables for transmitting information, Professor Kao initiated a revolution in the world’s electronic communications sector and paved the way for the FTTH Councils’ and Fiber Broadband Association’s mission. Professor Kao’s findings dramatically changed our mode of communications and enabled the creation of a full ecosystem for innovation.’

It went on to say: ‘It is still a long way forward but fibre coverage is intensifying in every region of the world. While some regions are leading, the countries which were usually lagging behind are making all the efforts to catch-up. It is not only an economic issue, but also a social issue and this is the role of the FTTH Councils and Fiber Broadband Association to work towards this goal to ensure that no end-user, citizens or businesses are left behind.’

Related news

Recent News

12 September 2019

Optical transport systems vendor, ECI has partnered with service distributor, WDC Networks to better serve Brazilian internet service providers (ISPs).

09 September 2019

The recently formed Open Eye Consortium (Open Eye MSA) has a 53Gb/s single-mode specification available for its members.

03 September 2019

The Iliad Group is in talks with private equity firm, InfraVia to set up a partnership aimed at accelerating FTTH roll-outs in sparsely populated areas of France.

21 August 2019

Research firm, Cignal AI has released its latest Optical Hardware Report for the second quarter of 2019.