Fiber Internet – 11 Huge Business Benefits
While Fiber Internet connectivity is a much newer technology than broadband Internet on copper cable, many businesses have found significant higher returns on their investment in fiber.
Fiber-optic connectivity can lend a great advantage to companies of all sizes, particularly companies who use the cloud for apps or data storage. Plus coupled with a VOIP phone system, it is a powerful combination for business communications.
Fiber-optic Internet is many times faster than even the highest-speed copper Internet connections, and up to 10 times faster than ADSL. During periods of high demand for Internet access, your business should not notice the Internet slowing down. Research by Sandisk indicates that slow Internet connections cost employees “one week per year of productivity.” While the time your teams spend waiting on slow Internet can seem minor, it adds up significantly over time.
2. Cloud Access
From CRM tools to data storage, the cloud is an important business tool for apps, hosting, and more. The speed and bandwidth capabilities of Fiber Internet mean faster access to your data and applications stored in the cloud and as businesses move more and more services to the cloud, fiber-optic Internet is becoming critical.
Fiber Internet connectivity offers significant reliability advantages over copper Internet connectivity, due to the fact that fiber is much stronger than copper. Fiber-optic Internet is not susceptible to inclement weather conditions, which can damage or stall data transmission via copper cabling. Fiber is also resistant to human or electrical interference unless fibers are physically cut. Any amount of unplanned downtime can bring business communications and productivity to complete stop.
4. Signal Strength
With traditional broadband Internet using DSL or Ethernet over Copper, the signal degrades as the user moves away from the switch. The signal strength of fiber-optic Internet does not degrade as quickly over distance.
For businesses with a high need for data transmission, it’s relatively easy to ‘hit the cap’ on your cable Internet bandwidth. The bandwidth availability for Fiber is significantly higher, and speed does not decrease as high demands are put on the network.
6. Symmetric Speed
With fiber Internet, your employees can benefit from equal upload and download times and whilst it’s certainly not critical for business operations, it’s beneficial. Symmetric speed enables users to accommodate heavy demands on downloads and uploads simultaneously via their data connection.
Latency is a term used to describe delays that occur while processing data over an Internet connection. Fiber Internet eliminates many of the latency issues users experience and the business benefits of lowering your latency could include:
- Better voice quality for VoIP users
- Ability to move more apps to the cloud
- Downloads and uploads of huge files without disruption
- Improved collaboration between employees
Fiber-optic Internet is one powerful way to increase your company’s protection against cyber crime and it is important to understand that companies of all sizes are at significant risk of an attack. While an upgrade to fiber-optic Internet connectivity won’t mitigate all of your company’s risks, it’s certainly an important means of protection.
9. Resistance to Interference
Fiber Internet signals do not degrade or disappear due to electromagnetic interference. So if your company shares a telecommunications room with other businesses, fiber-optic Internet can protect your connectivity from disappearing if other companies are using equipment that can interfere with your connection in the same space.
10. Cost Savings
Fast Internet is widely considered to be a productivity tool for businesses and your business will gain flexibility and scalability with fiber-optic Internet. If you are hoping to move more applications and services to the cloud, a fiber connection can support these initiatives.
11. Support for HD Video
For many companies, teleconferencing and video conferencing are important tools for employee training, marketing, and sales. With a fiber-optic Internet connection, businesses can increase their investment in video conferencing as a business tool without sacrificing available bandwidth and save companies thousands of dollars as you cut down on business travel.
What are the Cons of Fiber-Optic Internet Service?
While minor, the cons commonly associated with fiber-optic Internet service may include:
- Financial investment in installation
- Potentially higher monthly service fees
- Limited access to providers
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