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OFS has one of the longest and most respectable corporate lineages in American business, which goes back to Alexander Graham Bell and invention of the telephone more than a century ago.

Our Corporate History

1869 Western Electric Company, the manufacturing arm of Western Union, is founded.
1876 Alexander Graham Bell put in a patent application for a device that would later become the telephone.
1881 American Bell purchases a controlling interest in Western Electric.
1925 Bell Laboratories are formed by the combined AT&T (formerly American Bell) and Western Electric's engineering departments.
1937 Dr. Clinton J. Davisson became the first of 11 Nobel Prize winners from Bell Laboratories.
1984 AT&T operations are divested. Western Electric becomes the Networks Systems Division of AT&T.
1996 Lucent Technologies is created in spin-off of Bell Labs and the Network Systems Division from AT&T. The Optical Fiber Solutions division of Lucent Technologies continues to manage the fiber, cable and components business.
1996 LYCOM becomes Lucent Technologies Denmark, which provides transmission and specialty fibers.
1999 Lucent Technologies acquires Spectran Corp., a provider of transmission and specialty fibers.
2001 The Lucent Technologies' Optical Fiber Solutions business is sold to Furukawa Electric (with minority ownership by CommScope). The new company becomes OFS, with headquarters in Norcross (in the outskirts of Atlanta), Georgia, and U.S.A.
2004 Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd., becomes the whole owner of OFS through its subsidiary Furukawa Electric North America, Inc.
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