Why Fiber Wins

Keagan Stokoe

When it comes to connecting to the internet, you have three options: fiber, mobile, and wireless. 

All options have their pros and cons, but what most people care about when choosing is the speed of their internet and how many people can connect without it becoming sluggish.

Why? Because when it comes to internet, speed is king.

Imagine that you need to transport a large amount of people from one place to another. You could put them on a train, or a bus, or you could get an Uber for each of them. The train is the fastest, but it only runs on certain routes. The bus can go wherever it wants, but nobody actually wants to go on a long-distance bus trip. Uber sounds ideal until you’re stuck in traffic and can’t go anywhere.

Wireless internet, such as 4G or 5G, is like an Uber. You can find it in most places, it’s  becoming more ubiquitous and it can take different routes to avoid traffic, but it’s not as fast or reliable as the high-speed train. The other problem with Uber is that it can only carry one or a few passengers at a time. When you have a lot of people trying to get somewhere, you end up with plenty of frustrated passengers. 

Mobile internet is like a fleet of buses. It can carry smaller groups of people on different routes. This is convenient, but the speed of the buses depends on traffic and road conditions. Depending on where you are, buses can also be exorbitantly expensive. While the bus isn’t a bad option, you don’t want to take it everywhere. 

Fiber internet is the high-speed train. It’s the fastest and most comfortable option. It doesn’t matter whether you have 1 or 1000 passengers on board, the train is moving at the same speed. 

Fiber internet uses fiber-optic cables to transmit data, resulting in lightning-fast speeds and low latency.  A single fiber optic cable can carry multiple terabits of data per second, which is thousands of times more than the capacity of a copper cable or wireless connection. 

A single fiber optic cable can support the simultaneous transmission of high-definition video, voice, and data for thousands of users, without experiencing any loss in speed or quality. This makes fiber ideal for applications that require high-speed and reliable internet connectivity, like streaming Netflix, playing games, or making a call on Zoom. 

Perhaps most importantly, fiber doesn’t get slower as more people connect. Much like a train, whether you have 1 person or 1000 people connecting, they’re getting the same high-speed connection. This is critical in densely-populated townships. 

Fiber wins because fiber is fastest.

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