The latest advancement in broadband technology – fiber optic broadband – delivers super-fast connectivity for all your daily Internet requirements. Fiber optic Internet is gaining popularity and traction, so here’s the low-down on what switching to fiber optic broadband involves.
Its name comes from the use of plastic or glass cables, compared to the standard copper wires used in conventional broadband connections. Apart from this difference, it’s practically the same as standard broadband connections found around the world, but the key advantage of fiber optic broadband is that you can browse the Internet, watch videos and play games up to 50 times faster than using ADSL.
For the average Internet user, the installation fee can be somewhat steep, but several networks offer competitive monthly rates, so investigate your options to find a contract to suit your budget.
Fiber’s unlimited carrying capacity means the end of capped Internet – or running out of bandwidth towards the end of the month. With fiber, you can stream, browse, download and upload to your heart’s content.
Fiber optic Internet is also exceptionally reliable. Fiber cables are known for their resistance to adverse weather and moisture, and because the conductor with the cables is glass (as opposed to electrical wire), lightning storms and electrical disturbances won’t interfere with your connectivity.
Fiber optic is an excellent choice for businesses that need Internet connectivity to run on a daily basis, or for the home that frequently experiences issues with Internet equipment or connectivity.
Should You Get Fiber?
Whether or not you consider going the fiber route is largely dependent on how many people use your Internet connection and what they use it for. If you, your family or your employees spend a large part of their day on the Internet, streaming, online gaming, downloading or uploading files, or if your business is run primarily on Internet-based platforms, then it’s worth considering fiber.
If, however, your Internet usage is limited to emails, social media, research or other such moderate browsing, then fiber optic may be an expensive novelty for now. The bottom line to consider is whether your Internet connection warrants paying a higher price for higher speed and increased reliability.