Is Fibre Optic the Fastest Internet Solution Currently Available?

December 30, 2022

How Soon is it Arriving in Brooks?

If you’re interested in speed when it comes to the internet, then look no further than fibre. The science behind it is simple–what’s faster than light?

Fibre internet transmits data through fibre optic cables, which are strands of glass. These strands are designed to carry information using pulses of light emitted by a laser or simple LED. Evidently, when the medium is light, it is not hard to imagine how fast fibre internet is, especially when compared to the second most available option for most users–cable broadband.

Precisely How Fast is Fibre Internet?

The talk about fibre internet speed can be redundant, and it’s probably best to use numbers to really exemplify the extent of how fast it works. Internet speed is often determined by how long it takes to download data. If you’re streaming a TV show, having a Zoom call or simply browsing the internet, you are essentially downloading data. When compared to other types of connections, this comparison chart shows the staggering difference in how long it takes fibre internet to download different forms of data:

The chart uses a 1000 Mbps fibre connection as a point of comparison, but what’s even more impressive is realizing how that’s not the fastest fibre connections can actually go. Some ISPs provide connections that are as fast as 5000 Mbps.

It’s not even a competition–fibre internet is on a whole different level playing field. And the catch is, upload speed is just as fast. With internet cable, ISPs often ration bandwidth so more of it is allocated towards downloads. While we arguably download more data than upload when we use the internet, a huge segment of internet users require fast upload speeds. Live streaming, content creation and video chatting are all activities that require uploading data, and fibre internet seamlessly allows users to engage in these activities without buffering or interruptions. Fibre internet is the only internet connection that allows synchronous upload and download speeds, with both at the same ultra-fast levels.

But Not All Fibre is the Same

 It’s easy to get dazzled by the undeniable superiority of fibre internet, but take heed, as it can be a case of smoke and mirrors. Fibre internet has gained considerable popularity lately, with ISPs fiercely competing to attract users. But not all of them provide the kind of fibre that is leaps and bounds faster than cable internet. What makes the difference is the way fibre gets delivered to users, which typically takes the form of three modes:

  1. Fibre-To-The-Curb (FTTC)
    Through this mode, an optical fibre from the ISP will reach a pole or a curb near the user’s home. From that pole, internet will be delivered to users through a coaxial cable, resulting in an internet connection that is mostly cable, which transmits data via electric signals. Point-blank, not nearly as fast as fibre.
  2. Fibre-To-The-Neighbourhood (FTTN)
    Internet will initially get delivered to a node, and it is all fibre internet up to that point. From this node, all households in that neighbourhood are then connected through a coaxial cable stemming from that node, called the “last mile”. The kind of internet in that last mile is all cable; all the fibre delivered beforehand is largely insignificant. It is the slowest type of fibre, and internet speed depends on how close you are to that node.
  3. Fibre-To-The-Home (FTTH)
    100% pure fibre all the way. No twists or turns or ifs and buts–just fibre internet and all the benefits it brings. And that is the kind of fibre that Galaxy Fibre will be bringing to Brooks!

When Will it be Available in Brooks?

BrooksNet is working day and night to power up Brooks with fibre, doing utility locates, excavating and hydrovacing to install conduit and fibre optic lines. We anticipate that neighbourhoods will start having fibre internet by early 2023. Make sure to sign up here to get started. You can select one of the packages available or request the Galaxy Fibre team to contact you for assistance. 

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