Cutting-edge technology makes fiber the frontrunner in the internet speed game.
Fiber internet outperforms even significant cable internet speeds. A fast cable connection can deliver speeds as fast as 50Mbps. That’s considerable; the average speed in the U.S. clocks in at about 12Mbps. But fiber optic speed can be as much as 20 times faster than 50Mbps broadband. This is a big advantage for customers who like to play games, download music, stream movies, or share photos and video clips online. Fiber internet providers offer varying speed tiers. Network performance on copper wires like those cable uses can suffer if your home is too far from your provider’s central office. Fiber optic networks aren’t as sensitive. You can expect quicker downloads, uninterrupted streaming and almost-instant page loads with fiber-optic speed. Other factors play a role, but fiber-optic internet speed exceeds the speed offered by DSL, cable and satellite connections.
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|
Would you believe it’s light pulses, flexible glass fibers and tubes lined with mirrors?
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.
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.
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.
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 internet gains an edge in three key categories. First, you get more bandwidth. Cable internet lacks the capacity to deliver the speed fiber-optic networks can. What you ask of the internet – to stream, download, game and more – happens almost instantly on fiber. More than one user can connect simultaneously without bogging down the network, and everyone in the house can engage in media-rich activity at the same time, too. Second, fiber offers greater reach. Methods of internet service that rely on less advanced technology generally perform best close to their central office; if you happen to live farther away, your signal’s speed and reliability might suffer. Fiber-optic internet providers run a dedicated line to your home, so your distance from the office shouldn’t affect your network’s performance. Lastly, fiber-optic networks offer greater power. It’d take many copper cables to equal the speed and capacity of one fiber-optic cable.
Fiber-optic cables provide a more reliable TV signal than other methods can. TV via antenna, cable or satellite is vulnerable to interference a fiber-optic network isn’t. A fiber network’s capacity for data transmission means more channels, many in stunning high definition. Carriers often include DVR with TV service, so you can record HD programs to play back at a time that’s convenient for you. Fiber-optic TV works well with HDTV-ready sets, too. If you bundle fiber-optic TV with internet and digital phone, you may be able to get on-screen call-waiting notices with some providers — plus other popular features, like the ability to browse the web right from your TV.
The network responsible for fiber-optic speed provides reliable home phone service, too. Fiber-optic home phone offers exceptional call clarity and an opportunity to save your cellular minutes while you’re at home. Many fiber-optic phone plans offer advanced phone features and internet integration for call management via your computer or smartphone. The copper wiring that older networks depend on is becoming outdated. Traditional phone companies have begun to migrate to fiber optics because of their efficiency and quality. Call today to find out if your home is eligible for fiber-optic services.