Life as we know it is getting back a sense of normalcy and for all of us that is a huge relief. With businesses getting back to work full time and our economy getting rolling once again, it can be a great time to really look at the way your businesses internet and phone service are set up. With rapid increases in technology over the past few years the way company’s operate looks a lot different than it did one or two decades ago. The majority of that change has been because of massive improvements in connectivity technology, most notably fiber-optic internet connection availability. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons for Westchester county NY businesses fiber internet is superior to traditional cable or DSL connections and how your business can benefit from an upgrade today.
What is Fiber Internet?
Fiber-optic internet, also known as “fiber” or “fiber internet” refers to a broadband connection infrastructure which is capable of producing broadband connection speeds up to almost 1000 Mbps (megabits per second). The speeds are incredibly fast and the latency or lag (delays) are incredibly low with huge upload and download speeds. The technology utilized fiber-optic cables, which unlike traditional copper or cable lines, transfer data at about 70% the speed of light. That is incredibly fast. Furthermore, fiber internet is less likely to be interrupted by inclement weather like blizzards or hurricanes for that reason.
How Does Fiber Internet Function?
Basically fiber cables transfer data using light from one point to another as opposed to using electricity as the data transfer method like DSL or copper. There is quite a bit that goes into the technology. Optical fibers are incredibly small at roughly 125 microns in diameter (basically the width of an average human hair). When bundled together they form cables (but not cables we think of with traditional copper coaxial cables). The fibers then pulse LED or laser light transmitting information in the binary language. After the pulses of binary light reach their destination they are converted into electrical output that can be understood by things like computers, phones, etc. The main fiber then uses an ethernet connection to send the data what is called the “last mile” to the end user. This in a nutshell is how fiber internet works.
Is Fiber Internet Better for My Business?
Let’s look at what makes a fiber-optic internet connection better for businesses that have high data consumption requirements.
1. Fiber Speeds
To put it simply fiber is far faster than DSL or traditional cable internet. With speeds available up to almost 1000Mbps, there is nothing available to the public which can exceed these speeds. But is it the right fit for your business? Companies and organizations that have large data connection needs will be best suited for a fiber internet installation and upgrade. If you have a lot of employees who are always online, fiber will be better. This is most importantly the case when using VoIP (voice over internet protocol) for voice and video chats as well as if you’re using Cloud storage and computing. These systems require huge amounts of bandwidth and that available bandwidth has to be incredibly fast and reliable. No other internet connection system can meet the needs of companies the way fiber can.
2. Fiber Bandwidth
Having a fast connection speed is great but you also need compatible bandwidth to go along with that speed. Bandwidth is essentially the amount of high speed internet that is available. If your speed is incredibly fast but only works when 2 people are online, your bandwidth is very low and won’t be suitable for day to day functions and especially not for growth. Fiber has a huge level of bandwidth so you’ll never hit your “bandwidth cap” the way you can with DSL or cable. Bandwidth requirements are especially important when using these systems:
- Web/Video Conferencing
- Streaming HD Video
- File Sharing
- Cloud Computing/Applications
- SIP Trunking
- Server Maintenance
- Server Upload
- File Backup/Sharing
- and more
If you experience dropped calls or video chats while using VoIP, this could be a bandwidth issue. If large uploads time out and cannot be completed, this too is likely a bandwidth issue. Having limited DSL or cable bandwidth can be detrimental to medium and large businesses. So be sure to have a connection audit completed to see where you can make improvements and get the fiber ball rolling.
3. Fiber Reliability
Because of the connection speed and the way in which data is transferred using light fiber is far superior in terms or reliability compared to copper or cable. The reason that they are at less risk from inclement weather is because of the speeds and small size of the data that is being transfered. Because fiber cables are essentially banded singular fiber wires together, even if there is a partial break in the band, the other fibers take over the transfer. Because unplanned outages can be detrimental to your business, knowing fiber will be reliable no matter what is going on makes a huge difference. Consider a huge file transfer to a client that must be completed by 1pm. If there is a break in that transfer due to a drop in service or the wifi going out, you could be hurt financially. With fiber that is far less likely to happen no matter the circumstances.
4. Fiber Reduced Costs
Fiber optics reliability and speeds can not be understated. But it is also the cost saving benefits that many medium and large size businesses and organizations really enjoy. When you eliminate speed and connectivity problems your productivity never falters due to your connection speeds. Any dropped call or lost document can be a huge blunder when it comes to signing a new client or taking a sale. But more than just ensuring you can take credit card numbers over the phone, fiber internet is also cheaper than traditional systems when it comes to larger companies.
If your bandwidth requirements are growing or poised to grow, fiber could be a huge boost to making things move smoothly. With a reduction of costs, increase in speeds and bandwidth, increase of security, and increase to overall health of your business operation; the benefits of a fiber optic installation can not be understated.
For the best in Fiber Internet Westchester NY, look no further than 30 years of local expertise right here at Top Line Communications. We live where we operate right here in the lower New York region and are proud members of the WBC (Westchester Business Counsel). Call us today for a consultation and see how we can upgrade your businesses communications and save you money at the same time. Stay safe from all of us here at TopLineCommunications.com 1-888-426-8647