Third-generation LEAF fiber enables longer transmission distances, higher bit rates, and lower cost

August 24, 2000

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Corning, N.Y. -- Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) announced today the third generation of LEAF® optical fiber. The evolutionary product offers a fiber polarization mode dispersion (PMD) specification that is improved by 50 percent over previous generations of LEAF fiber, and at a level that is unmatched in the long-haul market. This enhancement enables carriers to increase the maximum transmission distance and data rates of long-haul networks without PMD compensation or signal regeneration, and will better enable emerging 40 gigabit transport systems at substantially less cost.

"Higher data rates and longer distances significantly reduce the cost of bandwidth for our customers," said Alan Eusden, vice president and general manager of Optical Fiber for Corning Incorporated. "This significant improvement in the PMD specification assures our customers that their networks, supported by a LEAF fiber backbone, will receive the increased benefits of high data rates at the lowest cost-per-bit. This is another example of Corning taking strides to enable 40 gigabit system transport for our customers."

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