optical fiber
optical fiber optical fiber n. (Communications) A thin fiber of very pure glass used to carry signals transmitted by means of light. It has much greater information-carrying capacity than a copper wire, and in the 1990's became a dominant means of transmitting telephone communications over long distances. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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