Fiber-Optic Internet Speed

It's way ahead of the competition.

Common fiber speeds

Here are some common fiber-optic Internet plans and corresponding download speeds for frequent activities.

50 Mbps 100 Mbps 300 Mbps 500 Mbps
How long will it take to open up Facebook? < 1 sec < 1 sec < 1 sec < 1 sec
How fast can I upload a photo to Instagram? < 1 sec < 1 sec < 1 sec < 1 sec
Can I stream music on Spotify without skipping? yes yes yes yes
Can I stream a Netflix movie without buffering? Ultra HD quality Ultra HD quality Ultra HD quality Ultra HD quality

How fiber internet works

Would you believe it’s light pulses, flexible glass fibers and tubes lined with mirrors?

The light

Fiber-optic speed comes from the means by which the data travels, via encoded pulses of light. Consider how quickly a light beam travels down a hallway from a flashlight. It doesn’t matter how long the hallway is, the light will reach the end in a flash. Your data moves the same way within a fiber internet pipeline.

The glass

Fiber optic cables are hair-thin and flexible. Data signals travel through a bundled cable of fibers, even as it bends and curves. A fiber signal travels vast distances in a fraction of the time it would take on copper wires. Light traveling through pure glass fiber moves faster and with less signal loss than copper.

The mirrors

What good is flexible glass if the light can’t turn, too? Light-reflective cladding (or covering) surrounds the inner core of bundled glass fibers. The signal containing your internet data bounces off this cladding to remain on course despite its high rate of speed.

The efficiency

Your light-driven data isn’t the only efficient aspect of fiber internet. Fiber-optic cables don’t run on electricity. They also don’t generate heat as cable cables can. Fiber optics carries more data per strand of cable, and they have the capacity for growth more bandwidth that copper wiring can’t beat.

Fiber-optic speed: it’s not just for blazing-fast internet.