Fiber (not the kind you have for breakfast) and Broadband, (not the kind used in the gym) makes headline news on a daily basis. "Uncapped" (although really"Capped" in disguise) is all the rage. But the question we often hear is, what is it or why would you need it?
Let's examine the term "Broadband". Now we could go into the fancy explanation mentioning frequencies, channels, carriers and signals, but we won't. Simply put it is "the ability to access the Internet and Be on the Phone, At the same time. ... "
- "always on"
- Fast loading of web pages and e-mail
- Equally fast downloading of files, programs, and computer updates
- It does not affect the phone line
- Unlimited access and you won't be charged based on the connection duration
- Provides cheap phone services via VoIP technology.
- Connection sharing
Next up, Fiber-optic cable. Again, we could use words like transmission, digitized pulses or wavelengths. Instead consider it to be "technology used for transmitting data, voice, and images through very fine, flexible glass or plastic fibers (a bundle of optical fibers)".
Apart from the "space-age" look it displays, it has many advantages and have revolutionized the way the telecommunication industry operates, here's why:
- Less expensive
- Thinner - Optical fibers can be drawn to smaller diameters than copper wire
- Higher carrying capacity - Because optical fibers are thinner than copper wires, more fibers can be bundled into a given-diameter cable than copper wires. This allows more phone lines to go over the same cable or more channels to come through the cable into your cable TV box
- Less interference - light signals from one fiber do not interfere with those of other fibers in the same cable. This means clearer phone conversations or TV reception
- Digital signals - Optical fibers are ideally suited for carrying digital information, which is especially useful in computer networks
Happy surfing and remember, if its not always on, what is it? And if your feeling slow and clogged up, perhaps it's time you added more fiber to that broadband diet of yours.