The advent of the internet has changed the world for ever. More information is being created and shared now than ever before. Everyday there are more and more people accessing the internet. The proliferation of handheld devices, massive amounts of video, and the greater demand of e-commerce business is putting our current data infrastructures under great stresses as the available band width is reaching its limit. If the internet is going to keep up with this enormous increase, new technology will have to help lead the way.
Consumers and businesses alike are always looking for the best possible access to the web and the future may already be here, and its fiber optic. Fiberoptic technology is changing fast and new breakthroughs are push fiber optic to new heights. Fiber optics may revolutionize the way we access the internet.
1. Fiber Optics: Fiber optics are the next revolution in internet delivery. Smaller, lighter, and more technologically advanced fibers have secured fiberoptics as the future of internet delivery and usability. Fiber optics can transmit data faster and over greater distances without loss of integrity.
Fiber optics use glass conductors, and as such can not generate electricity, which keeps it safe from a wide array of interferences. This ensures that service, performance, and speed, will not be effected by outside factors like high-voltage electronics, power lines, or even lightning. Fiber Optics are also more secure than traditional cable or DSL, making it a good choice for businesses or security minded users.
The lower infrastructure costs of fiber optics makes the price point cheaper than cable and comparative to DSL. The only real downfall of fiber optics is availability. Big companies like AT&TU-verse in Detroit, MI, Qwest and Verizon are making big investments to greatly expand their fiber optic networks. Way faster speeds, more reliability, and high security protocols, and expanding service areas, are sure to make fiber optics the future of internet delivery.
2. Cable: This may be the most ubiquitous for of internet delivery. Cable internet access is by far the most available type of internet connection for most users. Cable internet providers utilize coaxial cable which connects through your television. Cable driven internet does not slow with distance. This means it doesn't matter where you are, or how far away from the provider you are, your internet speed with stay as strong as it was when it left the source.
This may give cable the edge over DSL for more remote homes, those further away from the service provider's network hub, or those who rely on stable internet speeds. Depending on your chosen service package, cable speeds run about 3 to 10 Mbps. This makes it about three to four times faster on average, than DSL, but not as fast as fiber optics. Cable internet is also the most expensive option for internet access, so while it may be fast and readily available, it will cost more to have the best internet speeds.
Security is a real concern for most users, but this is especially true for businesses. As far as internet security goes cable has some liabilities. According to an article by Fiber For all, " unlike DSL, which runs on a dedicated line, cable connections are typically shared amongst your neighbors, making it a slightly less secure option."
3. DSL: DSL are initials which stands for Digital Subscriber Line. This technology uses your existing copper wire phone line to provide internet access. This means internet provider can deliver internet to homes and businesses without having to develop their own expensive infrastructure, or lay new cable. These savings can be pasted down to the user. The lower costs associated with DSL has helped grow it's popularity.
As far as speed is concerned DSL comes in at the bottom. DSL is much faster than the original dial-up internet, making it a good option for budget users who do not require high speeds and bigger bandwidths. For high demand users, and businesses, DSL will not offer the speeds needed. Also speeds get slower and slower the further away the user is from the service provider.
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