Benefits of Using Fibre Optic Broadband
Benefits of Using Fibre Optic Broadband
If you happen to be under the age of thirty, there is a very good chance that you have no memory of dial-up internet. You probably never experienced what now seem to be the interminably slow download speeds that meant downloading a single image might take several minutes and if you wanted a thirty second video clip you probably had time to watch a couple of shows that you had recorded on video cassette before your download was ready to view. By modern standards dial-up was a nightmare.
Broadband changed all that. The massive increase in the speed of the internet made possible by broadband heralded so many things that were impossible over a dial-up connection that we now take completely for granted. Without broadband there would be no YouTube, not Netflix. No Zoom. No online gaming. No streaming of any kind. Broadband internet quite literally changed the world – it certainly changed the way we do business. It was truly revolutionary.
But things move on – especially in tech, and the internet is no exception. Traditional broadband carries information over the traditional copper wire network that has carried not just our internet traffic but our telephone calls for decades. Copper has served us well, but copper does have its limits. Electromagnetic interference and electrical resistance in the wire can limit not just the speed at which data can be carried, but also the amount of data that can be carried at any one time. These restrictions can lead to annoying slowdowns at busy times of day.
For domestic use these issues are currently little more than a minor inconvenience, but for business such issues are beginning to be a real problem. Fortunately, technology has advanced. The future of cabled internet is without doubt Fibre Optic Broadband. London as a city is forging ahead, with a whole new fibre optic infrastructure being developed to augment and even replace the copper network, so we thought it would be a good idea to explain what the benefits of fibre optic broadband really are.
The first, and most obvious benefit Fibre Optic broadband has been touched on already. Speed. Speed is everything on the internet and Fibre broadband delivers it in spades. The traditional copper based ADSL broadband may be delivering speeds measured in tens of megabits per second, which is certainly impressive by historical standards, but if you are lucky enough to be getting those speeds you are getting the absolute best that ADSL is capable of.
There are no such limits for Fibre Optic Broadband. London based customers can expect to experience speeds of a Gigabit per second. That is not just a little bit faster, that is orders of magnitude faster, and just as the sudden acceleration from dial-up to broadband speeds opened the door for exciting new services that most of us had never even dreamed of, the fibre revolution could be about to do the same thing.
The speed advantage of fibre optic broadband allows you more than just the chance to be an early adopter of cool new services whenever they come along. Much more importantly it also means that all of the online functions that up until now have been really useful but have never quite worked perfectly will suddenly become problem free. Suddenly your video conferencing will become seamless with no freezing or pixelating. Remote working will become easy, with several people in different offices able to work on the same document at the same time free from lag. Trades and financial transactions will become lightning fast and file transfers will take no time at all.
In short, fibre optic broadband is the internet as you have wanted it to be for years.
And of course, speed is not the only benefit of the fibre optic platform. It is a much more resilient system than the old copper wire network, so there is much less chance of an internet outage with all the inconvenience and potential loss of revenue that can bring. Even more than that, if you opt for a leased line the cable carrying your internet is exclusive to you!
Fibre optic broadband also affords you a degree of future proofing. At the moment Luminet is able to offer you speeds of a gigabit per second, but that is not a limit imposed by the cable. As technology advances fibre optic cables can handle greater speeds and greater data loads. So if you are still shackled to the copper network it really is time to give your business the benefits of fibre optic broadband. London based and right in the heart of the action, here at Luminet we can help accelerate your online experience into the future.
But what if you cannot access the benefits of fibre optic broadband? London is very well served by an ever-expanding fibre optic infrastructure, but there are still a few locations that fibre has not yet reached. Outside London the situation is somewhat patchy, especially in rural areas. But do not worry. If Fibre optic broadband is not currently an option because the infrastructure has not yet reached you there is another way to escape copper cables. In the absence of fibre you could consider a microwave internet connection.
Microwave broadband offers many of the same advantages that come with fibre optic broadband, but without the need for much physical infrastructure at all. Essentially all you need to install for a microwave internet connection is a microwave broadband antenna. So long as your antenna has a line of sight to a network base station, that really is all you need. Your microwave internet connection is basically a tight beam of high frequency microwaves, projecting your data not through cables, but through the air.
It is the high frequency of the microwave bean that gives it such an impressively high data carrying ability, allowing a microwave internet connection to rival fibre optic broadband in terms of both speed and capacity. In addition, just as with a leased line fibre optic broadband connection a microwave internet connection is uncontended, which is to say that the connection is used exclusively for your business internet and is not shared with other users.
The traditional copper wire network carries not only the internet traffic of every person browsing the Web on that exchange, as well as literally thousands of landline phone calls. They are very busy, crammed full of information and always working close to maximum capacity. The “uncontended” status of a microwave broadband connection means that your connectivity is never slowed down by high levels of traffic, because there will never be any other traffic in your way.
Here at Luminet we are experts in both types of internet connection and we can get your business up and running at gigabit speeds in ten working days – so it is not just our broadband services that are fast! It really is time to embrace the bright new internet future and leave copper behind. So will it be a microwave internet connection that propels your business forwards or fibre optic broadband? London, the decision is yours!