The information revolution is firmly underway. Businesses that fail to keep up with their competitors will most likely not survive. In almost all industries, customers expect a certain level of service in terms of online presence. This includes social media forums, multimedia content and services like mobile apps or website applications.
The current stage of the revolution is driven by new methodologies like cloud services, video communications, media sharing and remote working capabilities.
Why does your business needs Fibre? Your customers expect it and your competitors are probably using it. Fibre is quickly becoming the norm for communications. The capabilities it gives companies are essential for growth and survivability.
Here are 10 of the most important benefits of Fibre
- Speed and Power. A Fibre internet connection is typically 10 times faster than a DSL connection. This gives companies access to many services that would be impossible to use if they were on a slow connection.
- Access to the cloud. A few years ago, cloud services were limited to mainly storage and retrieval of data. Now, it’s possible to replace entire datacentres with cloud services. The catch is, you need to have a high-speed internet connection to see the benefits.
- Reliability. Traditional internet services like DSL depend on copper wire infrastructure, the same wires that are used for telephone lines. Fibre uses underground cables that are made of a glass like substance that’s resistant to wear and tear.
- Service quality. The old telephone wire system uses analogue signals to transmit data. Fibre systems use digital transmission, which is more reliable for getting the correct message through.
- Bigger data allowances. Because Fibre is so much faster than alternatives like DSL, providers are able to allow their customers to use more data per month at lower costs. The increased speed of transmission, along with the capacity of the physical Fibre cables, reduces the chance of congestion on the network.
- Greater upload speed. In a traditional DSL system, the speed that users could send information was roughly one tenth of the speed that they could receive information. In other words, it would take 10 minutes to upload a video that took 1 minute to download. Most Fibre lines are able to keep the upload and download speeds almost equal.
- Lower latency. Latency is the time it takes for information to arrive at its destination. When using services like email, latency is not a major concern. If services like Voice over IP are being used, high latency can make them unusable. Fibre cables transmit data at the speed of light, minimising latency as much as possible.
- Interference reduction. Traditional DSL connections are susceptible to interference from electrical signals. The signal sent on a DSL cable is very similar to a telephone call, if there are electrical disturbances from things like poorly insulated cables, they will interfere with the internet connection. Fibre does not suffer from this. The cables send beams of light along glass tubes, electrical interference does not affect them at all.
- Increased security. It is fairly simple to “hijack” a telephone wire. With a Fibre line, criminals would need to dig up the cable and physically break it in order to “hijack” the connection. This would terminate the connection and alert the authorised users.
- Increased productivity and employee satisfaction. Having a reliable, high speed connection to the internet allows employees to get more work done. Research is easier and communications are faster. A high-speed connection will also give employees access to things like Facebook and YouTube during their breaks.
While there are many benefits to using Fibre, it can be expensive. For most businesses, the cost is easily offset by the benefits and increase to employee productivity.