What Is Fiber Internet?
Fiber optic Communication is the sending of light through optical fiber (long thin strands of pure glass). This technology is used by telephone companies, cable companies, and network providers because of how useful it can be. Fiber optic technology provides two-way transmission speeds of up to 100 megabits per second by using light instead of electricity to carry IP packets. Fiber optic cable delivers higher speed service to your home. Older technology like copper or cable wires do not deliver the same service. Larger ISP companies are replacing their old copper-wire-based systems with new fiber-optic-based systems to improve speed, capacity, and clarity. Why is this important to the Canadian consumer?
Fiber optics are less expensive, but in Canada only the major ISP players like Rogers, Bell, and Telus have Fiber Internet. These companies have recently rolled out unlimited internet plans, which means no cap on the amount of bandwidth.
Fiber internet is faster internet and travels longer distances.
Services like Netflix, online gaming or video-on-demand require a lot of bandwidth. Unfortunately, cable and DSL cannot handle large amounts of bandwidth.
Fiber Internet is the future, however in Canada this technology requires a significant investment to get it up and running.