Fiber networks are the best option for internet connectivity today. Fiber is the only technology that meets the needs of the way we use the internet today, and it’s the only option that will enable the next wave of services to meet our future needs. As a critical replacement for copper and coaxial cable networks, fiber networks offer vastly higher speeds, greater reliability, improved security, value for homeowners, and environmental benefits. Fiber is already the gold standard for community connectivity— for homes, businesses, schools & libraries, and Cities.
1. Faster speeds
Internet speed is determined by two factors: bandwidth–how much data can be transferred every second, and latency—how quickly that data arrives to you. Both are equally important in determining the speed of connection you experience.
Fiber networks have symmetrical speeds–meaning that downloads and uploads occur at the same rate. This is distinct from traditional networks where the upload speed—essential for video calling—is far lower than the download speed. In addition, the high bandwidth on a fiber network allows for multiple streams of data to be processed simultaneously—resulting in extremely fast load times for large files, smoother streaming, and uninterrupted video calls.
Low latency means the network can deliver a large amount of data without delay. For the consumer, this means making video calls, gaming, and streaming in high quality and without lags or pixelation.
Unlike traditional copper or cable networks, fiber networks use light, not electricity, to transmit data. Electromagnetic signals or radio interference can have a big impact on copper networks, reducing signal strength. Fiber does not carry electricity and is therefore insulated against this outside interference making connections more reliable. In addition, fiber optic cables are resistant to weather changes and moisture, which can also hamper connectivity.
3. Security and privacy
Your data is much more secure with a fiber network. Because the data travels by light instead of electrical signals, fiber networks are almost impossible to tap into.
Moreover, on software defined fiber networks like Underline’s, software, not hardware, controls how data is routed. The software on these networks can create private connections between a service provider at the end customer, away from the public internet. This is particularly useful for entities like educational institutions, healthcare facilities, financial institutions, and utility companies that need to transfer private data securely—from student information to health records, intellectual property, and other sensitive information.
4. Investment Value
Customers who make the switch to fiber internet receive the best service on the market–a guarantee of faster speeds, a more reliable connection, and enhanced privacy and security. In addition, fiber connections have been shown to increase property values by as much as 3%. To make switching to fiber more accessible, some companies, like Underline, cover installation and equipment fees on behalf of subscribers–eliminating any upfront investment on the part of customers.
5. Environmentally friendly
Our increased reliance on digital connectivity has caused a subsequent increase in the energy we use to run internet-reliant systems. The information and communications technology (ICT) industry was responsible for 3% - 4% of global CO2 emissions output in 2021, according to a Boston Consulting Group study.
The adoption of fiber networks can be a solution to combat harmful emissions. Research done by The FTTH Council Global Alliance states that fiber-to-the-home networks can reduce CO2 emissions by 34%.
Fiber is both more durable and runs more efficiently than traditional networks, using less power to generate a stronger signal and faster speeds. Fiber networks also use greener materials than copper, reducing the need for mining and oil extraction. Fiber’s widespread use would make for more energy efficient internet connectivity built with more durability and longevity.
Fiber networks are the future of high-speed internet connections and they are also the only foundation for the expansion of new applications that carry increasing bandwidth requirements; optimizing long-term economic, social, and technological growth.
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