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How Fast Are Fiber Optic Internet Connections?

by:TBT     2020-08-06
The fiber optic internet has been around for quite some time. It was this that replaced the old dial up connections. If that is the only knowledge you have of this internet connection, you are missing out on a lot of other information. For instance, this type of connection offers a more reliable and faster data transmission. Some people in fact argued that the sustained data stream is less vulnerable to jitter than in most broadband connections.
To help you understand how fast fiber optic connections are, this article will discuss general information regarding data transmission, internet connections, phone lines broadband connections, data delay and so on. A good way to start is to look at the most basic and apparently slowest type of connection. That is the dial up connection.
A dial up connection, whether it is used for voice communication or internet connections, has only a maximum sustained speed of 30kbps. That is not taking the delay, jitter and disturbances in the data transmission into equation. A lot of things have been known to affect data transmission on land-line phone connections and broadband signals.
A dial up connection is slow because it uses an outdated twisted copper connection. In this type of phone line assembly, basic copper is used in the transmission of packets of data. The voices are converted to data in the phone itself, and then sent to the wire. The transmission of the data takes a relatively short time, considering that the use is only for voice calls. In this way, the voices are said and heard almost simultaneously. If there is delay, it would be diminutive.
After looking at the slowest connection, we will look at the fastest type of connection -broadband connections. Although broadband connections have been known to offer the highest amounts of sustained data transmission, through the use of either radio or microwave signals, there are some trade-offs. First of all, broadband connections are expensive. They are dependent on the signal. The signal varies from place to place. For example, in a far off province where there are few cell sites, the signal would be slow.
A fiber optic connection, although slower than broadband is still the best of both worlds. It combines decent speed with cost-effectiveness and has the least amount of interference. Dial up connections use phone lines, as well, but have a more outdated assembly which can only sustain so much speed. At 30kbps, dial up is never ideal for internet connections.
Although broadband connections can reach 10mbps at a normal sustained data rate, they are subject to great amounts of interference. That is the downside that broadband subscribers have to endure. Those who have landline connections relying on the use of fiber optics have a sustained rate of 1.544 megabits, but there is less interference in the data transmission.
In summary, fiber optic internet is both advantageous and cost effective. It is fast, and at the same time available at all times. It is safe to say that amid today's advances in the telecommunication technology, there is still a place for the typical fiber optics.
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