Is Fibre Optic the Fastest Internet Solution Currently Available?

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Is Fibre Optic the Fastest Internet Solution Currently Available?

When it comes to lightning fast internet, then look no further than fibre. The science behind it is simple–what’s faster than light?

But, how exactly does a fibre optic internet work?

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.

Remote Work, School, Home Entertainment, and Everything Else: Why Fibre Optic Internet Works in Every Case

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:

How long it takes it to download videos on different internet speeds

The chart uses a 1000 Mbps fibre connection as a point of comparison, but what’s even more impressive is realising how that’s not the fastest fibre connection 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. It provides the highest speeds possible out there for every use case. Whether it’s for work, gaming, streaming, or anything else, fibre optic internet simply works. 

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 requires 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 are 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, the 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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!

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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. 

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