What Is Fiber Optic Internet?
Fiber Optic Internet is the transfer of data through a cable filled with thin glass or plastic fibers. Data travels from one end to the other as beams of light pulse in a specific pattern, which inspired the phrase, “Fiber Internet is as fast as the speed of light!”
Megabits per second (Mbps) is the measure of bandwidth, or data transfer speed. One megabit is equal to one million bits. This can be easily confused with megabytes (MB) which refers to the size of a file or storage space.
How Fiber Optic Internet Works
Fiber Optic Internet speeds are about 20 times faster than regular cable, and is the only internet type that provides equally fast upload and download speeds. Cable Internet sends data through metal wires which tend to heat up, weakening the signal and picking up interference. As a result, customers lose broadband speed or capacity during peak usage times. With fiber optic internet, your home has a dedicated internet signal with symmetrical upload/download speeds.
Download activities that work best with fiber optic internet:
- Streaming video in 4K
- Downloading large files
- Operating multiple smart-home devices
- Shared Wi-Fi with a large amount of users
Upload activities that work best with fiber optic internet:
- Attending video call meetings
- Uploading large files to cloud servers
- Hosting live streams
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