More and more people are gaining access to fiber-optic Internet. You might have heard something about it or even had it recently installed in your neighborhood. Many people are calling it the future of Internet. Fiber-optic cable networks deliver incredibly fast Internet by transmitting data via light.
A fiber-optic cable is made of thin optical fibers that have three parts to them. The center of the cable is the core – this is the part the light travels through. The core is surrounded by optical material called cladding, and finally those two layers are encased by the buffer coating, which is a plastic barrier that protects the cable. A fiber-optic cable can span longer distances and travel faster than cable or DSL.
More and more people are interested in getting fiber-optic Internet because of the fast speed it delivers. Some fiber-optic providers boast speeds up to 500 Mbps. That means downloading movies can be done faster and buffering and lag time is virtually non-existent.
Fiber-optic Internet means subscribers have a dedicated line that delivers Internet straight to their home instead of than having to share a line, as you would with a cable provider. Fiber-optic providers ensure that Internet is delivered quickly and with little to no lag time, making fiber-optic an ideal choice, especially for multi-device households and gamers.
The way fiber-optic cables are set up, with the three layers, means they won’t absorb the light signals they are transmitting. That means the information they transmit can travel farther with intact signals and don’t need to be refreshed. While not all areas of the United States have access to fiber yet, more and more providers are building fiber-optic lines.
Another great benefit to fiber-optic cable is that it can also deliver TV and phone services. That’s why bundle options are available from fiber optic providers with access to some of the top TV services and movie channels on the market. Bundling on a fiber-optic network also means more services for a lower price.
While fiber-optic Internet is not available in all U.S. markets, it is continuing to grow. Fiber-optic cable installation is a slow process because it is very expensive to lay fiber-optic cable lines to homes. Since cable lines are already in existence, telecommunications companies still rely heavily on providing Internet service via copper lines.
Since fiber-optic cables transmit faster and more reliable Internet, they can also deliver a clearer TV picture quality and allow providers to offer hundreds of digital and HD channels. Plus, if you keep a landline on hand you will also get greater signal strength for your phone.
Typically there are three types of fiber-optic cables in use: single mode, multi-mode and plastic optical fiber. For fiber-optic Internet delivery, single and multi-mode are the most commonly used because of the way they transport light signals. These optical cables are able to transmit data because of the encoded light signals that travel through the center of the cable. The light is reflected back by the cladding in the wire, and that is how the light signals are able to travel around the bends and turns of the cable, making fiber-optic cable an ideal means for transmitting data over longer distances.
Recently, a few Internet providers have announced plans to roll out more fiber-optic Internet lines to cities around the United States. As the quest for faster and more reliable Internet continues, fiber-optic Internet is the service of choice because of its fast speeds and ability to travel longer distances than cable or DSL Internet.