We often hear this question being tossed around. And in short, it’s a tough one to answer. Each business has unique needs. So today, we’re here to help you consider weather Fiber is the right choice.
Fiber is the Future, and it’s here for the Long Haul
Our earlier versions of high-speed internet technologies: T1’s and DSL are currently being discarded. The outdated phone lines they depend on are often not being installed in new areas. Several experts also argue that our country’s phone line infrastructure is rapidly decaying.
They have given way to the cable (coax) whose capacity is also starting to reach its limits. Technology has substantially leveraged the cable network’s capacity. However, that has made them extra sensitive and less dependable. As these technologies reach their limits, extensive effort has been put into installing fiber optic networks by their respective internet carriers.
Fiber optics work by emitting light signals across thin strands of glass. They do not utilize electricity in transmitting signals, hence they are immune to electrical interference and can travel farther distances. Additionally, fiber has an upwards of 3000 times more capacity than old copper cables.
Why should your Business Switch to Fiber?
Businesses who use Internet-based cloud services rely on their internet connection. Cloud services often include phone communications, business apps, remote access, and internet connected device management. Since access to these vital services is dependent on your internet connection, your connection highly affects your business.
Is it within reach?
Based on the fact that fiber is “relatively new to the mainstream”, networks are still rookies compared to copper-based competitors. Fiber is not readily available, but that doesn’t stop internet service providers from exerting themselves vigorously to building the networks.
Construction costs act as a determining factor regarding whether introducing fiber to your business is cost-effective. Distance, terrain, population density, and municipal permitting all factor into fiber construction. Unfortunately, overpriced construction costs will increase the quoted monthly cost and contract terms.
It’s a Lot More Expensive, does it Provide Corresponding Value?
Internet services utilizing fiber have Service Level Agreements linked with them. For you, this means guaranteed speeds and reliability. If an issue does arise, you can also expect speedy responses via your agreement.
So, should you adopt fiber? Ultimately, it depends on your reliance to internet connections, budget, and accessibility to fiber services in your area.
If you’re contemplating bringing fiber into your business and have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to drop us a line.