Are you thinking of speeding up your internet connection with fiber? Don’t hesitate – install fiber optic cable now. A fiber connection with, for example, open fiber or city networks gives you higher speed, better reliability, a greater range of services and increases the value of your home.
The Internet via fiber is here to stay
You hear how obvious it sounds – today you are expected to have internet in your home. We live in the second decade of the 21st century and internet connections are as common as telephone lines were 40 years ago. There is also a difference in different types of connection and the fiber is the cream, the absolute fastest and most reliable you can get.
Internet fiber speed
Fiber is first and foremost much faster than the alternatives. For a long time, fiber was ten or a hundred times faster than competing connections, but even after many years of development, fiber connection is still unbeatable in its capacity for high speeds.
The speed consists of two parts:
On the one hand, the capacity is high so that a lot of information can be sent at once. Fiber connections can both send and receive information in hundreds of megabits per second.
Files are measured in bytes instead of bits and eight bits are exchanged, so if you have a connection of 800 megabits per second, you can download a file of 100 megabytes in a single second. More on that later.
On the one hand, the response times are short so that the information arrives quickly. This means that when you click on something on the net, it is very quick to get an answer. This is not so important for downloading files, but it is important if you want to play or browse pictures or work directly with files that are online. It is also useful to remotely control your home computer while on vacation or to connect to work from home.
Soon mobile 4G + arrives, but the speed over the radio is always dependent on how strong the signal is. It is unlikely that 4G + can compete with even a cheap fiber connection reliably, and that is the next benefit:
Fiber optic reliability
Fiber cable leads optical impulses between components that communicate with pure light. The only thing that can interrupt it is physical damage to the cable, and fiber is always buried.
Wireless connections can be disrupted by weather, or many people use the equipment at the same time. Cable modems may be subject to electrical interference. ADSL is affected by the distance to the telecommunications station and how much the station is used and affected by storm traps and anything else that can damage telephone lines. Only fiber remains strong, fast and reliable even over very large distances across – or rather under – the Atlantic Ocean.
The value of the connection
When your property or your own house has a fiber connection, the value of the home rises. It is difficult to know how much the value is rising, but consider how popular your house would be if it was put up for sale in 10 years, or 20 years, without having a fixed internet connection with optical cables.
So the question is not so much about how many hundreds of thousands of kronor more you can pay for the apartment if you move, but who will want to buy it at all if it does not already have fiber. It is like buying a house with a worn old roof – every buyer knows that they will have to spend time and money on replacing the roof, and therefore pay less, or buy a house where the roof has already been replaced.
Fiber does not grow old, does not rust, does not irritate and communication consists of light. Therefore, speed and capabilities can be extended long after it is installed. Fiber connections have been around since the 1970s and the speed has been constantly increasing without changing cables, although in many places more and more cables have been dug – even in the Atlantic.
Fiber provides greater diversity
The fact that fiber cables lead to diversity is partly a result of the speed and partly a result of how the internet companies use the fiber connection.
Other types of connections, such as ADSL, use the telephone line to connect to the Internet. The cable modem uses the cable TV cable. Instead, the fiber can be used to replace the telephone line and cable TV completely, because it has such a high capacity that the suppliers can place their equipment in your building and direct the supply directly to you. It provides a very large range of services all via the same reliable cable.
As mentioned earlier, the fast response times also make it realistic to remotely control a computer from another location. Either you can sit at home and control your work computer comfortably or connect to your own computer from your friends’ house, or on the holiday, almost completely without delay.
Of course, it is possible to work remotely with other types of connections as well, but if you have ever tested it, you know that a weaker internal connection makes the mouse pointer jerky and tough and it is frustratingly slow to do anything at all.
Are there any disadvantages to installing fiber? It depends on how you look at the thing and everything really has to do with one thing: the price. If you live in an area that already has fiber today, you should join because the cost is probably very, very low. If, on the other hand, you do not live in such an area, the issue of resources and cooperation becomes.
Installation time and price
If you live a short distance from a connected area, it can cost tens of thousands of kronor per meter just to pull the cable to your home. If you live further afield, the price rises because there may not even be equipment nearby to connect with you. Then you may need to join together in your area and form a fiber association together, make a group purchase for the installation and together organize the management of the installation and the network.
It is a lot of work, takes a lot of time and requires more people to cooperate and contribute financially. Even when everything is completed, it will mean responsibility for those who are involved.
In other areas, it may be enough to contact the local municipal activities that are involved in the expansion of the fiber network and vote for them to expand to your area. But even in those situations, a certain percentage of everyone living in the area is required to vote yes, and most of your neighbors may not even know that the opportunity exists, or why they need a fast and reliable Internet.