There are 8 major benefits of Fibre but there are three different internet connection options for business use:
Fibre is hands down the best option, but it’s not always available in South Africa, so first things first are to find out if your premises are situated in an area that has Fibre coverage.
Now, why all the hoo-ha about business Fibre? Here are at eight reasons it’s the superior choice no matter whether you’re a small business or a corporation:
#1 Fibre is affordable
Once installed, Fibre works out less expensive than copper; Fibre optics may be more expensive as a material, but in the long-run, works out cheaper than it’s copper counterpart.
It’s more affordable long-term because Fibre is not affected by electromagnetic interference (EMI), which eliminates the need for a conduit in order to get past sources of EMI.
In addition, Fibre saves layout costs, needs less equipment, doesn’t use as much electricity and maintenance costs are less than copper.
#2 Fibre is fast
Out of the three internet connection mediums (wireless, copper and Fibre), Fibre optic is faster because while copper transmits electrical currents, Fibre optic technology sends pulses of light.
In both copper and Fibre, there are changes in energy, which is how data is encoded.
Optical Fibre can transport much higher frequency ranges but copper loses signal strength at higher frequencies.
#3 Fibre provides superior cloud computing
A huge benefit of Fibre is that it allows fast, secure and stable connection to applications on the cloud, and this ultimately means higher productivity and data security from your employees.
For your staff to work efficiently in cloud applications, your business needs a fast and reliable internet connection. In fact, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette experienced the reliability of Fibre connectivity for the cloud during hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Their cloud data centres remained up and running throughout the hurricanes because of their Fibre optic network.
#4 Fibre is reliable
Fibre is the most reliable of all the internet connection mediums: it is not affected by weather, temperature or electromagnetic currents.
For businesses, this means no disruptions due to bad weather, or from other underground cables and technology.
On the other hand, when copper wires are not properly installed, electromagnetic currents are produced that can interfere with other wires and cause issues.
#5 Superior signal strength
The bandwidth of Fibre optic cables significantly exceeds that of copper cable.
Using optical Fibres also helps to minimise attenuation (reduction of the force of signal).
As a signal travels along copper or Fibre, the signal loses strength. Now, in a copper wire, the attenuation increases as the frequency of the information signal increases, but the attenuation in Fibre is almost completely flat up until very high frequencies.
#6 Gives the ability for symmetric speed
Fibre provides the ability for symmetric speed, i.e. download and upload speed is the same.
Practically, this means no internet bottlenecks = consistent speeds, as well as fast uploads, even of large files.
Bear in mind though, that this option is not available on all packages nor offered by all ISPs; the Fibre package has to actually specify symmetric speed, but most business internet plans do include this.
#7 Less chance of data being hacked
Copper wires are easier to hack than Fibre optic cables because to intercept data being moved through optic Fibre, hackers would need to cut the cable physically; hacking into a network that runs off Fibre is difficult and comes at a great cost as it requires expensive equipment.
It’s easy to monitor the safety of data over Fibre cables because the cable leaks light and causes the entire system to fail. Bottom line: if a hacker attempts to cut the cables, you’ll know it.
In addition, a Fibre network allows a central location of all your electronics and hardware instead of needing equipment in wiring closets throughout the office premises.
#8 Safer than copper
Fibre is much safer than the old copper cables because it transmits via light, not electricity, and because of this, is less of a fire hazard.
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