Fiber Internet – A Smart Solution For Today’s Internet Users
As a business, we have received an explosion of fiber internet service inquiries in the last year, for both businesses and residential (home) users. We can attribute this spike in interest to evolving internet habits and the way the internet is used as a utility today.
Worldwide, more and more people are needing faster internet service with increased bandwidth, to meet requirements. Users want to do a wider variety of things on the Internet, more often.
Fact 1: Global internet traffic has exploded. Cisco predicts in it’s Visual Networking Index White Paper, that today’s IP traffic will increase threefold over the next 5 years.
Fact 2: Internet speeds of 2 or more years ago, are no longer acceptable for today’s increasing demands.
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5 Reasons Businesses Need More Bandwidth
- Email with large attachments: Email with large attachments and company intranets on average consume 6.8Mbps of peak bandwidth.
- File sharing with cloud backups: According to Gartner research, 12.2Mbps of peak bandwidth is required per user, for simple file sharing and cloud backups.
- Supporting cloud applications: The amount of digital information being shared today, grew by 9 times in the last 5 years. This includes info such as documents, photos and even Tweets!
- Video conferencing and streaming: Video streaming uses a huge amount of bandwidth. On average, HD video streaming uses 6Mbps upstream bandwidth per user.
- Wireless WiFi connections: If you also supply a business WiFi service to your employees or guests, higher bandwidth is likely to be required. This year, IP traffic from wireless and mobile devices will exceed traffic from ‘wired’ devices.
Basically, fiber internet service suits businesses or residents with heavy bandwidth needs; frequent file sharing or cloud demands, high upload / download or streaming requirements.
Is Your Current Business Internet Service Improving Or Hindering Productivity?
A simple internet speed test can reveal some interesting things about your current internet connection. Upload and download speeds and latency times matter more than ever, today.
Now think about the time your workforce or team spends waiting for uploads, downloads, files or applications to load. This ‘micro’ downtime is inefficient and can be a drain on business productivity.
It’s possible your internet service is already slowing down or ‘maxing out’, (especially during peak times), due to a lack of bandwidth. See some reasons for slow internet here.
What Fiber Internet Speeds Are Available?
For business use within commercial buildings or offices only, Fastmetrics fiber internet called metricFIBER, is available throughout the entire San Francisco Bay Area and L.A. This service delivers speeds up to to 10 Gbps symmetric.
For residential users, Google Fiber has brought fiber to various parts of the USA. Expansion plans are currently on hold, but there are quite a few existing fiber-lit cities. Google’s plans for residents offer Gigabit speeds and TV service and are very cost effective.
How Does Bonded Copper Based Internet Speed Compare
Gigabit internet speeds are simply not possible over copper based infrastructure. Nor are higher connection broadband speeds for business cost effective. Consider that the cost of a T1 line or even a bonded T1, can cost $200 per month or more. It also provides a slow 1.5 Mbps, or 1.5 Mbps symmetric when bonded.
For further info on benefits of fiber, see 10 further benefits of fiber internet service.