Let’s have a closer look at the benefits of having a fiber connection for your home or business:
More and more businesses started making use of online internet services. In fact it’s hard to find a business that doesn’t make use of some sort of online service in this age. Like emails, cloud storage, VOIP communications, online marketing or even online convince calls. All these online services require internet bandwidth and speed. With fiber internet there’s way less delays even with an office full of employees using the same connection.
Fiber optics internet speeds and latency:
One of the biggest advantages fiber optics has over its copper wire rivals, is speed. Fiber optic cables transmit data at much higher speeds than copper wires. This is because the speed of light travels much faster through a medium, than the speed of electrons ever can. Speed plays a big role especially in company’s online productivities. A simple example is an online training demonstration call; imagine the video call pauses for a few seconds to load every 10 seconds. Everyone part of this training session will get annoyed and frustrated as time is wasted to explain the information over and over. This is called latency. Latency is the time data takes between the start point to its destination point (Also know in network terms as a round trip). Fiber optics allow for a much smoother experience as it has more speed and bandwidth available to allocate at any given time.
Is bandwidth the same as speed?
No, Bandwidth refers to the maximum data transfer rate over an internet connection. When there’s a high demand on a connection, the internet speeds does not decrease as the bandwidth allocated for fiber internet is much greater compared to copper wire internet.
The fiber optic infrastructure is also much more reliable compared to its copper rivals. Fiber optics is made of a glass core which makes it less susceptible to weather conditions, especially the buried/underground fiber installation method. Fiber optic cables are also non-metallic and resistant to electrical interference. Fiber cables can also be installed over greater distances as its data pulses have a very low degrade rate of 3% over a 100m distance compared to copper wires 94% degrade rate. Fiber also can withstand extremely high tension pull on the cables compared to copper cables. All this makes fiber optic infrastructures very reliable and in return allows for very little down time to the end users.
How secure is a fiber optic connection? With copper wires, cyber crimes are committed by the method known as cable tapping. Cable tapping is when information is captured while it’s being transferred between the start and end destination. Fiber optics is more secure as it uses light pulses in a glass core to send information. Cable tapping into a fiber cable is very difficult as the cords are hair thin. Any physical disruption during the light pulse travel process would make break the connection.
Fiber optics is becoming more and more available to even the most remote places on earth. We live in an era where everything and everyone is connected; the future is here – Are you ready?