Fibre Optic Internet – Technology at the speed of light.

What it is

Fibre optic Internet provides you with a perfectly symmetrical connection. With the use of glass or plastic fibre’s (tubes) you can now literally transmit data at the speed of light! Fibre optic cables are less susceptible to interference than any traditional metal cables.

Fibre optics in a particular have become quite a popular technological choice for local-area networks. In addition, telephone companies are rapidly changing their traditional telephone lines to fibre optic cables. In the near future, almost all communications will supply fibre optics.


How it works

Fibre optic Internet is not as freely available as ADSL, as there are many factors involved in the distribution of the fibre lines.

Let’s say, hypothetically you own a premises which has a fibre optic Internet connection. This works much like an ADSL connection, as you have a fibre optic cable which leads to your premises. The fibre optic cable is then connected to an Optical Network Terminal (ONT) which changes the signal from light to electrical, which can then be understood and interpreted by your computer.

The ONT (Optical Network Terminal) receives the data and sends it to your router. The final step is when your router sends the connection data to your computer. This completes the process, which enables you to have a fibre optic Internet connection.


 Fibre Optic Internet

Here is an example of an Optical Network Terminal (ONT)

Benefits of having a Fibre Optic Internet connection

  • Symmetrical – Symmetrical bandwidth is extremely beneficial for business owners, as your upload- and download speed is exactly the same. Having     a high upload speed means that you can host on-premises applications, e.g. customer relationship management software or hosted apps.
  • Reliability – These cables offer a far greater reliability than your average Cat 5 or coaxial cables.
  • Higher Bandwidth – Fibre optics can accommodate for higher bandwidth for faster data transmission.
  • Durability – These cables are more durable than Cat 5 and coaxial cables.
  • Distance – Fibre optic cables, as opposed to Cat 5 cables carry a stronger signal over long distances.
 Fibre Optic Internet

Here is an example of what the inside of a Fibre Optic cable looks like,

Would you pay for high performance?

Fibre optic internet is fast becoming a favoured connection amongst ISP’s (Internet Service Providers) worldwide. Although a lot of Internet connections are still currently using coaxial or Cat 5 cables, ISP’s around the globe use fibre optic cables in their own businesses. Because of this, fibre optic cables work well with existing cable technologies. It is a great deal more expensive than your average connection and may be a lot trickier to have installed, but in the right circumstances fibre optic Internet could be the ideal solution for you.


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