Fiber optic technology is not new, but for years it was hampered by a combination of infrastructure and device support, making it expensive to use as a service delivery method. New innovations have made fiber optics more accessible in more areas, though, and that has led to increased access to high speed internet and high-resolution television services across the country. Here are some fun facts you might not know about fiber!
Just the Facts, Please
- Fiber optic cables are thinner than previous methods of delivering high speed internet! In fact, fiber is being studied as a replacement for transistors.
- Fiber is a binary, digital medium. That means it sends signals in a 1 and 0, on/off code.
- It’s also much more efficient, and that means signals can go further than they do through copper wire with less degradation.
- They are more energy efficient too, making it easier to send strong signals further on less power. That helps make technology greener all over.
- Unlike satellite and cellular signals, fiber optic cables are not affected by weather shifts, so you get consistent service in all weather conditions.
- 15.5 terabits per second. That’s how much data fiber optics can transfer at once. That’s also almost a thousand times what the average capacity is, it’s a record, but it’s only a matter of time before the commercial applications catch up with the concept technology.
- Fiber is also more secure, because it is harder to tap into the system surreptitiously, making it easier to trust work sent in this medium.
If you are looking to get into a serious high speed internet package that will be able to deliver the best gaming, streaming, and surfing experience possible, look into what an upgrade to fiber can do for you. Especially if you live in a very technologically savvy home with a lot of people sharing the signal.