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Full-fibre broadband advocates have declared today (Tuesday November 4th) the second annual Gimme Fibre Day.

First staged in 2013, the event is designed to celebrate and showcase fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology, which the organisers describe as "the only future-proof broadband access solution".

The FTTH Council made the decision to stage Gimme Fibre Day on November 4th to coincide with the birthday of Nobel Prize winner Sir Charles Kuen Kao.

The 81-year-old electrical engineer and physicist is regarded as 'the father of fibre-optics', having been the first person to transmit light in fibre for optical communication.

Gwen Kao, Professor Charles Kao's wife, said the inventor - who now suffers from Alzheimer’s disease - had always believed optical fibre could change the world.

"Decades later, we live in a high-tech world so full of creativity, where products improve so fast that items become obsolete overnight," she stated.

"We are finally able to fully appreciate the impact of his vision. On his behalf, I wish you a successful Gimme Fibre Day!"

A number of events are being staged to mark the day, with B4RN and Cybermoor Networks among the UK organisations marking the occasion.

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