ALL ABOUT FIBRE
Light Waves Ahead of the Competition
Fundamentally, fibre internet is any internet access through fibre-optic lines. What makes this access unique is that, unlike DSL and cable internet services that transmit electrical information through copper lines, fibre-optic lines use tiny strands of plastic or glass (just slightly thicker than a single human hair) to carry binary transmissions of light. Binary is a number system where the combination of only two numbers—0 being “off” and 1 being “on”—represent more complex symbols or instructions. This method of data transmission makes fibre internet the best option for fast speeds and reliability.
In addition to providing the fastest-possible internet connection, fibre internet has several other advantages over cable and DSL.
Fibre-optic lines are better for carrying information over long distances.
Even light and electricity are negatively affected by long-distance travel. Signal strength degrades the farther it has to travel, which can result in a weak signal or lower bandwidth. Copper cable links are limited to a distance of 328 feet to maintain signal strength. Fibre-optic cables can run up to almost 25 miles, which gives them better signal strength for less cable.
Fibre-optic lines are not affected by electrical or radio interference.
Although copper is a great medium for conducting electricity, it is not a closed system, which means electromagnetic or radio interference can negatively affect it. High levels of interference will reduce signal strength and risk cutting the signal entirely. Glass and plastic fibre optic lines are more insulated against outside interference, making their signal much more secure.
Fibre optic lines are less prone to damage and wear and tear.
Copper is a soft metal and conducts heat, which means that older systems are prone to damage from the environment (including impacts or fire hazards) and will break down over time. Fibre lines, despite their extremely small size, are much harder and more resistant. While copper can withstand around 25 pounds of pressure before being damaged, fibre lines can take between 100 to 200 pounds of pressure.
If you consider the importance of speed, efficiency, and reliability when transmitting data, then your best choice is fibre internet for downloading and uploading your information.