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Advantages of a fiber optic internet connection

Advantages of a fiber optic internet connection

Fiber optic remains a new technology for many even though it has been quite some time since its introduction. It offers a series of benefits to small-scale users as well as large-scale ones. From business IT pros and property-owners to kids who need it to work on their assignments – fiber optic makes life easier for everyone.

Even though the most common type of internet connection that is still being used by the masses is DSL internet and Cable Internet, many connections such as Xfinity Internet,  Frontier Internet, and one of the best ones’ Spectrum Internet®are now offering fiber optic connection in selected areas.  Fiber optic internet uses glass wires that ensure a high internet speed.

Here are a few benefits to help you understand its usage and advantages;

Reliability

Fiber-optic internet is much newer than copper wire internet, but it is already becoming the standard for high-speed internet connections. Fiber optics are made of extremely thin glass or plastic strands that can carry data at very high speeds. Because fiber optics are not electrical, they do not suffer from electromagnetic interference, making them much more reliable than copper wire internet connections.

Fiber optic internet is also less vulnerable to weather damage than copper wire internet – albeit you’ll want an elecrician with a power quality recorder to get things set up. Copper wire internet connections can be disrupted by heavy rains or flooding, but fiber optics are not affected by water. This makes fiber optic internet a more reliable choice for areas that are prone to bad weather.

It offers a lot more reliability than copper internet because of its build. It is not susceptible to sudden weather changes and thus – there would be no disturbance because of that unwelcomed wind or heavy rainfall. In short, unless someone ‘cuts’ the fiber themselves – you are in for a long ride.

Speed

Since fiber-optics is built in a way that it depends on light rather than electricity to transfer data – therefore, it is faster in comparison to broadband copper wires. As per the Federal Commissions Communication, fiber providers steadily offer 117% of the publicized speed even in times of peaked usage.

While a copper internet connection would be able to be as fast as 100 Mbps, a fiber optic can easily reach up to 1000 Mbps (1GB). Besides if the internet is slow – no one likes to finish their work, right? According to this Inc Authority review by SmallBusinessHQ, most of the businesses formed by the agency prefer fiber optic internet for its speed.

Bandwidth

Low bandwidth means that the internet will be slow and offer pixelated videos alongside other such services. However, with fiber optic internet comes a high bandwidth availability. Yes, it might not be unlimited but then again nothing is. However, your web calls, HD videos, file sharing, cloud applications, etc. won’t have to suffer at the hand of slow internet.

Signal Quality

The signal strength in copper wires is affected by your distance from them. The farther you are the more problematic your internet becomes. However, fiber-optic internet is not tainted as swiftly because of a little distance.

Symmetric Speed

Symmetric speed means that both the upload and download speeds of an internet connection are equally fast. In short, the movie you download in half an hour on a copper internet connection will easily be downloaded within mere seconds with a fiber optic internet connection alongside uploading a project file on the internet. This means that you don’t have to wait for one application to finish working to open another.

Latency

There is a reduced or no latency when it comes to fiber optic internet. The delays that you might face using a copper wire will be at their minimum or eliminated from existence due to the fiber optics. This improves upload and download speeds and also gives you the chance to move more applications to the cloud itself.

Security

Hackers and other cybercriminals can easily access data available on cable internet with tricks like cable tapping etc. However, in order to infiltrate a fiber-optic internet – one has to cut it himself. This means that whenever someone would try to do something of the sort – you can catch them easily esp. if you are running a business.

Resistance to Interference

If you are running an organization with telecommunications rooms, a copper wire is sensitive to electromagnetic fields and is disturbed by them very quickly. However, with fiber optic internet, your connectivity is protected from such proximity issues.

Cost-Effective

A faster internet connection means that your productivity rate increases as well. Therefore, the projects you spend days completing can be finished in hours or a lesser amount of days. This means that the money you invest in your internet would actually be coming back to you in the shape of your success.

Wrapping Up

Fiber optic internet is the fastest and most reliable type of internet connection available. It is also the most expensive. However, for businesses and households that rely heavily on the internet, the advantages of a fiber optic connection are clear. Fiber optic internet has lower latency than other types of internet connection, making it ideal for businesses that need to transfer large amounts of data or for households that need to stream video and audio.

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