But I Have Fibre Internet at Home… What’s The Difference?
Fibre this… fibre that… you may have noticed companies popping up with their own branded versions of fibre. Many of these advertised networks are really Fibre-to-the-node (FTTN), meaning part of the connection line is fibre, while another part may be copper or other wire. Although these networks work for residential neighbourhoods, there are several key benefits of true fibre for business.
- No network sharing. With residential networks, the fibre bandwidth is shared with multiple households in a given neighbourhood. Fibre internet for business, however, is never shared so you can rest easy knowing that your employees will have access to a guaranteed 100/100 Mbps connection speed even during peak times.
- Reliability. Since residential neighbourhoods aren’t given a service-level agreement (SLA), outages may occur. Nowadays companies can’t afford an outage, if even for a few hours. With true fibre internet, you are given an SLA to benefit from little to no downtime.
- Unlimited download capacity. Residential home service often has strict download capacities, meaning their data is limited and can quickly add up fast from activities like video streaming and photo uploads.
We don’t believe in data caps, so with iTel’s fibre internet for business your company gets unlimited download capacity. As companies increasingly use cloud services in everyday tasks, data usage can quickly reach its max. With the unlimited capacity of fibre, your employees can stream those YouTube playlists all day long.
Why is Business Fibre so Much Better?
Fibre internet comes from a tiny glass tube no thicker than a strand of hair. These tubes contain wavelengths of light that carry your data (everything from your file transfers to that cat GIF you emailed company-wide) from Point A to Point B. Light travels much faster than your typical electromagnetic waves and can travel further distances without suffering attenuation. With iTel Fibre, you can download 400x more Mbps than a regular ADSL, so you can benefit from less wait time and more productivity.
Not only does fibre offer faster speeds than traditional connections, but with more data throughput it allows for larger bandwidth profiles and in most cases are symmetrical meaning 100/100 Mbps. Although a symmetrical connection may not have been important 10 years ago, the rise of cloud services like Dropbox and Office 365 has made it essential for businesses to have equal download and upload speeds.
Ever wonder why you can quickly download large media from Dropbox, but when you upload your own it feels like a lifetime? An unbalanced (asymmetrical) connection may be the cause. With fibre internet’s symmetrical bandwidth capabilities, you’ll never worry about unequal download/upload speeds again.
With the ability to scale bandwidth, fiber internet can grow with your business.
With the ability to scale bandwidth, fibre internet can grow with your business. Copper networks may require additional installation if more bandwidth is needed, but a fibre profile can easily be made larger with no additional installation. This means whether you’re starting small or large, fibre can easily be scaled to fit the current needs of your business, not past.
A Quick Data Recap
All data is made up of 1’s and 0’s (also known as binary code). A 1 or a 0 is called a bit and 8 bits make up 1 Byte. Bits are denoted by a lowercase “b” (Mb) and Bytes are denoted by an uppercase “B” (MB).
Have you ever noticed when you go to purchase a USB stick or other storage device it always says Bytes? That’s because Bytes are always used for storage. When we talk about the size of a connection, however, it’s always in bits. (e.g. you may purchase a 15 Mbit internet connection for home, but a 100 Mbit connection for your business).
What is Attenuation?
The loss of signal strength over long-distance transmissions. The more attenuation a signal has, the more unintelligible it becomes. To combat this, networks send multiple repeat signals.
Speed, reliability, symmetrical connections, and scalable bandwidth are benefits of fibre that businesses are tapping into every day. With something as small as a strand of hair, you are joining the next level of internet service to ensure your business stays in the productivity fast lane.
Still a little hesitant about fibre? Give us a call and we’ll help find what works best for your business.