An Introduction To Fiber Internet

Posted by Sam Mountstephens on Apr 27, 2017, 4:16:00 PM

What Is It?

Fiber internet involves any internet access through fiber optic lines. Unlike DSL and cable services that transmit data through copper lines, fiber optic lines transfer information as light through tiny strands of plastic or glass.

Traditional copper wires were primarily intended to transmit voice only, so are limited in the amount of data that they can handle. A fiber optic line can carry far more data and ensures fast speeds and reliability

Advantages of Fiber Internet

Unaffected by interference - A major issue with copper wiring is that it facilitates a fairly open system so internet service reliant on a copper network can be impacted by electromagnetic interference. Interference causes reduced signal strength. Fiber optic lines are more insulated against outside interference ensuring a reliable connection.

Ideal for long distance data transmission - Most long-distance phone calls are now routed via fiber optic lines. The growth of VoIP and applications such as Skype and Viber have been supported by the efficiency of the growing fiber network.

Higher bandwidth - Traditional copper wires transmit electrical currents. Fiber optic technology relies on transmitting pulses of light and as a result can carry far more data per unit of time than copper.

Disadvantages of Fiber Internet

High installation costs - Although fiber installation costs are declining considerably each year, they remain high. Similarly, it can take a significant amount of time to get the installation approved

Expensive - A higher quality service demands a higher price when compared with regular broadband service. The cost has dropped considerably since fiber arrived on the scene.

Limited availability - Fiber requires a well built-out network. Many areas, particularly major cities, are benefitting from the rapid expansion in the technology, but outlying urban and rural areas will have to wait.

Does My Company Need It?

Fiber internet offers super fast speeds for a slightly higher price than fixed wireless and traditional services. As the installation and maintenance costs of fiber continue to decline, these changes are being reflected in the price that consumers and businesses pay.

If you require speeds of 1Gbps or more, and are fortunate enough to live in an area with access to fiber internet, it’s a good time to hop on the fiber bandwagon. The benefits in terms of increase in speed and capacity, will far outweigh the increase in cost.

Is your company ready for fiber? Call us at 855-663-7464 or to find out how we can support your organization with high-performance business internet. We service businesses of all sizes across California, Georgia, Texas, Maryland and Arizona.


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