HOW DOES FIBER-OPTIC INTERNET COMPARE WITH THE COMPETITION?

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Because of the cost of installation and natural resistance to change, many businesses and individuals are hesitant to pursue a Fiber-Optic connection. This decision is perfectly rational when it comes to a home environment: if you are happy with your current connection, then why change? When it comes to commercial use, however, the stakes are a bit higher. Your competition may already be utilizing this technology of the future, whether you have invested in it or not. And the benefits which Fiber-Optics offer are undeniable.
Let’s take a look at what sets fiber optic internet apart from alternative internet options — and why such a connection may be a smart investment for your business to make.
Dial-Up Internet
Though its use is now mostly limited to extremely rural areas and the homes of the incredibly stubborn, dial-up does still exist, and this method continues delivering slow-speed internet using telephone lines.
Practically the only advantage of dial-up is that it is available pretty much everywhere — its disadvantages include being infuriatingly slow and blocking your telephone line!
Digital Subscriber Lines
Part of the reason why we bothered mentioning dial-up (aside from it being a good example of how foolish over-resistance to change can be) is the fact that DSL connections actually operate in a very similar manner. These options also use telephone lines — the only difference is that they do so in a manner which does not impede phone calls, and they deliver more modern speeds.
The main advantages of DSL connections? They offer consistently decent speeds, and Digital Subscriber Line connections tend to be reasonably affordable. The disadvantages? DSL is slower than most of the options we will discuss next — and its speed and reliability both depend upon your distance to the central office of your DSL provider.
Cable Broadband
One of the first widely-available internet options to not rely upon telephone lines, cable broadband shares (as you might imagine) the same infrastructure used to deliver cable television to homes and businesses around the world.
The second-fastest option on the market (next to Fiber Optic connections) cable broadband suffers from two main drawbacks. It tends to be rather expensive, and it tends to slow down during peak internet/cable usage hours.
Satellite
We mentioned earlier that internet options can sometimes be limited in remote areas — and one useful solution (and merciful alternative to dial up) that has been developed in recent years is satellite internet.
The downside of this method? Satellite connections are slower and more expensive than every other modern broadband option. The upside, of course, is that at least it’s not dial-up!
Fiber
So, now that we have presented all the major alternatives to fiber optic internet service, let’s talk about what makes Fiber Optic internet special. First and foremost, it is worth point out that the technology that makes these networks possible is truly incredible — utilizing ultra-thin glass cables that literally transmit data using light!
Of course, businesses aren’t investing in fiber optic internet simply because its hardware is impressive. Fiber Optic offers, by far, the fastest and most modern internet connection available. Download/upload speeds over 50 times faster than even cable connections, improved cybersecurity, more reliability, and the potential to offer a lower lifetime cost than other alternatives are just a few of biggest advantages to Fiber Optic connections.

BRITISH RESEARCHERS MAKE FIBER OPTICS EVEN FASTER

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The UK isn’t known for having especially fast broadband speeds. Last month, a group of business leaders in Britain published a study in which they accused the UK government of having a “poverty of ambition” that has caused the country to lag behind other developed nations in the adoption of high speed fiber optic internet. The authors of the study argue that improved broadband speeds would increase productivity in British businesses and allow them to offer greater flexibility to their employees.
Well, the UK government might be suffering from a poverty of ambition, but the nation’s scientists certainly aren’t.
A group of researchers at University College London’s Optical Networks Group (ONG) recently announced that they had developed a new technique that allows them to achieve data transfer rates of up to 1.125 terabits per second using fiber optic cables. That’s roughly 50,000 times faster than the average broadband connection in the UK. To put those transfer speeds in perspective, the researchers explain that they would allow you to download the entire “Game of Thrones” series in seconds.
SO HOW DID THEY DO IT?
The research team at ONG took highly efficient methods of data compression used in Wi-Fi signals and adapted them for use with optical signals. The data was transferred by sending 15 pulses of light at different frequencies simultaneously toward a special receiver capable of quickly processing all that information. The technique would allow them to use existing fiber optic infrastructure to achieve unprecedented transfer speeds.
The researchers say the next step is to test their technique over long distances to assess the effects of signal decay and distortion. It might be a while before we have 1 Tbps transfer speeds in our living rooms, but breakthroughs like this are bringing us closer ever day.
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