What Is Fiber And Should I Switch To It?

Posted Date: Wed Jul 2016

We are living in the Digital Age and internet is the basis of everything these days as it’s the fastest medium to transmit data and information from one place to another, from one source to multiple recipients and there are so many uses of internet that one cannot list in a single place. It’s used at home, at work and everywhere in between. It’s a huge focal point of human interaction.

Internet has had an evolution through all these years. What started with Dial-up that’s now considered lousy and obsolete was replaced by DSL/Cable which is still what majority of users are using these days. However Fiber Optics based internet is slowly penetrating the country and is the latest and fastest wire based internet technology at hand right now. In the West, Fiber is already a common thing and is widely in use. Since we have earlier mentioned that Fiber is now in use in Pakistan as well, you might be intrigued to know that what might be the upside of getting a Fiber based connection over a DSL one and what might be the possible caveats. We shall list the pros and cons of Fiber based internet below to help you know about this technology and make the smart choice of moving onto the latest generation of internet connectivity!

What is Fiber?
Optical Fiber are strands of silica glass that transfer information in the form of light pulses. They are just slightly thicker than a human hair and transfer data at a much faster rate than a normal copper wire used in most DSL broadband connections. There is also lesser amount of loss during transfer and no interference at all which results in improved bandwidth over long distances. Hence it’s the next step in internet evolution and will replace copper based connectivity sometime in the future though it’s not bound to happen anytime soon as existing networks rely heavily on copper based wire.

Do I really need it?
Depending on how many people you have using your internet connection and what they happen to use it for you may or may not need to spend your cash on fibre optic broadband. Of course, this can also come down to budget as well, so if you’re looking to save cash you could look at different services instead. If you confess to being a hardcore internet user who downloads large quantities of data, streams movies, play online games or share your network connection among multiple users in your family with multiple devices, a fibre optic connection would make sense. Also, if you work from home and rely on your internet connection for a living, a fibre optic connection is a no-brainer as it has less levels of variation and detoriation in regards to distance but, if you only occasionally use the net for emails, use social media and browse the internet then a fibre optic connection could prove a rather expensive investment to make. So it really comes down to whether you use your home internet connection enough to make sense for paying a higher price for a higher speed. In such cases you can upgrade your existing DSL package’s speed to enjoy a faster connection without paying much more as an initial setup cost and monthly usage fee.

Would I really get better performance?
Yes! Fiber optic cables are able to transmit data much faster over greater distances and because the cable is smaller in diameter and weighs less, it makes an ideal alternative for a wide variety of cabling solutions. Since the conductor is glass and cannot generate
electricity, fiber is immune to all sorts of interference. This means that it can come in direct contact with high-voltage electrical equipment, power lines and lightning, electromagnetic waves etc all while still putting out a superior performance. Hence you can rest assured that you’re truly getting something worthy of the extra cost.

Is it easy to get a Fiber based connection?
This is the biggest hurdle in getting a connection apart from the expensive price. Fiber has only recently started to grow and is currently available in limited areas in major cities of the country. However the areas in which Fiber is currently available will constantly grow with the passage of time as it’s only natural for any broadband provider to provide the latest and best available services to their consumers. However DSL  has a strong presence hence don’t expect DSL to be ever replaced. If you’re good with your current wire based connection then it’s good to stick with as as it’s better to let the reach of Fiber grow which will in turn bring the subscription cost down as the newer technology becomes more common.

Installing fibre optic cables is a fairly daunting chore to do, and takes quite a bit of time than a standard broadband connection because it doesn’t work with the pre-installed copper cables and fibre optic cables will have to be installed at your place which can take anything between days to weeks after you place your order with the service provider. Because of this, the installation costs also go up depending how far your residence might be from the provider’s junction box. One advantage here however is that if you don’t have an existing landline phone in your house, you can still get Fiber optic based connection without the added hassle or need of getting a telephone connection.

As with any service, these disadvantages can be overcome in most circumstances, and as the popularity of the service grows, it’s also likely that prices will drop. So, if the pros have outweighed the cons for you and if you plan on getting online through a fibre optic based internet service, why not check out our Fiber based internet packages at SmartChoice.PK