Datacor is celebrating 18 years of business and 50 years since the invention of fiber optics

Datacor is celebrating 18 years of business and 50 years since the invention of fiber optics

The integrator of innovative communications solutions Datacor is the most important supplier in Romania for Corning, the inventor of optical fiber

The integrator of innovative communications solutions Datacor is celebrating 18 years of activity on the Romanian market and 50 years since the invention of low-attenuation optical fiber – an innovation that is at the heart of the technological advance in telecommunications in recent years and which has transformed the way we connect

“This year, we are celebrating 18 years of Datacor activity, during which we became one of the main providers of communications and security infrastructure solutions in the country. We have currently reached a turnover of 8.8 million euros, 86 employees and we are present in 5 cities of the country. Throughout these years, it has been very important to develop long-term partnerships with both our suppliers and our customers, and we are proud to have as partners globally established companies such as Corning Optical Communications, with whom we celebrate 18 years of collaboration on the Romanian market,” said Bogdan Bilegan, CEO of Datacor.

“We are delighted to continue this solid partnership with the company that invented fiber optics 50 years ago and revolutionized the way we connect today. Fiber optics made possible the networks that help us communicate, giving us the simplified and much-needed connectivity in today’s high-speed world. We believe in the future of optical fiber as a central element of IT&C infrastructures for new technologies. No other medium offers the capacity and transmission speed offered by optical fiber,” added Cristian Bilegan, Chief Marketing Officer at Datacor.

“Partnering with Datacor is very important to Corning, as we are confident that together we provide our strategic and future customers with access to state-of-the-art technology and services, logistics and response time of the highest standards,” explained Corning’s Romeo Lazar. “With the technical expertise and supply chain of Corning and Datacor, both companies continue to be leaders in the data center and LAN infrastructure market, providing customers with complete fiber optic and copper products and solutions,” added Romeo Lazar.


In the 1960s, the race began to replace the existing copper cable infrastructure used for data and voice, as it lacked the bandwidth needed to scale in the future. With a long history of innovation behind it, Corning researchers developed a new, ultra-pure glass thinner than a human hair that could effectively transmit light signals over long distances for the first time.

Today, most data is transmitted using fiber optic networks and uses the same basic principles of data transmission. Corning’s innovation continues to shape the way we communicate, enabling us to send voice messages, e-mails, songs and videos almost anywhere in the world at the speed of light.

Fiber optics, invented in a Corning lab in 1970, will continue to power advances in connectivity for generations to come. This technology also enables the development of many innovations, making possible: the Internet, the cloud, smartphones, streaming TV, autonomous cars, the emergence of Bitcoin, artificial intelligence and many more to come.

Optical fiber in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

At the beginning of the year, the COVID-19 pandemic shut down entire countries and led to an unprecedented increase in bandwidth demand. People were told to stay at home, offices were closed and work moved into the living space. Schools also closed and learning had to be done remotely. Social distancing has become the new normal.

Both social life and work have moved to the Internet. Business meetings and reunions with friends and family took place via online video broadcasts. Teachers have had to create digital lessons and connect with students only through video calls. Thus, the video communication application Zoom grew from 10 million users to 200 million in a few months.

In the absence of other social or entertainment activities, people watched more entertainment programs through streaming. For example, Netflix gained 15 million new subscribers in the first months of the COVID-19 crisis.

Demand for bandwidth has reached extraordinary heights. In the first quarter of 2020, internet usage in the US and Canada grew between 40% and 50%. Internet usage in Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom also increased by 50%.

Moreover, the way of using the Internet has started to change. There was much more traffic from people’s homes to data centers – upstream traffic increased by 30% in the US in March 2020, according to data provided by Nokia.

These changes have highlighted the need to continually scale network capacity and invest in technologies such as 5G, fiber to the home and cloud computing, driving demand for networks based on the same fiber optic technology invented 50 years ago.

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