We often hear this question being tossed around and would no doubt agree that it’s a complex one to answer. Each business has its unique needs and is faced with divergent situations. We will be analyzing these in details and identify some insightful considerations to guide your decision.
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 The outdated phone lines they depend on are often not being installed in new areas.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. Although technology has substantially leveraged the cable network’s capacity, it consequently has made them extra sensitive and less dependable.
As a result of the speed at which 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. Aside from being more resilient, today’s front-line technology has bestowed upon fiber an upwards of 3000 times more capacity than conventional copper cables. Continued on next page…
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Why should your Business Switch to Fiber?
Businesses who decide to embrace Internet-based cloud services must rely on their internet connection in order to gain access to these services. Today’s “cloud” hosts services like phone communications, business applications, remote access, and internet connected device management, to mention a few. Your access to these vital services is completely dependent on your internet connection, any fickle or inconsistent internet connection can swiftly have devastating effects on your business.
Is it within reach?
Service availability is presently one of the major hindrances confronting businesses that are planning to upgrade. Based on the fact that fiber is “relatively new to the mainstream” the networks are still rookies compared to copper-based networks. Fiber is not readily available but that doesn’t stop internet service providers from exerting themselves vigorously to building their networks as well as willing to subsidize a portion of the construction costs.
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 constitute the main factors that are instrumental in the construction survey process. Overpriced construction costs will increase the quoted monthly cost and contract terms. Notable also is the fact that construction usually requires over 120 days to yield service!
It’s a Lot More Expensive, does it Provide Corresponding Value?
Internet services utilizing fiber have SLA’s or Service Level Agreements linked with them. This implies that they have guaranteed speeds, uptime and reliability. You can, therefore, expect to get the speeds you’re subscribing to while enjoying a hitch-free connection.
If an issue does arise, there is usually assured response or resolution times inscribed into the SLA. The absence of guaranteed speeds and dependability can expose you to monumental risk, depending on the extent of your business’s reliance on internet connectivity.
So should you adopt fiber? It ultimately depends on the level of your reliance on your connection to the internet, your budget, and the accessibility of fiber services in your general vicinity. Basically, if your business utilizes the web to send/ receive emails and surf a couple of websites – then cable-based internet is undoubtedly sufficient for that.
Nonetheless, if you’re contemplating about basing your essential line of business software in the cloud or you have a number of employees who work remotely and interface with your in-house servers, then we highly recommend that you consider going through with adopting fiber-based internet.