María Belén Gómez
Fiber optic connectivity - a Faster Internet
Fiber optics makes it possible to surf the Internet particularly fast. It was developed to provide fast and stable Internet. The large connection nodes and cables, the main transport routes, in other words are now all made of this material, but in the last few meters to the house the copper lines slow down the speed. They are now also gradually being replaced.
By 2030, all homes could be connected, if optimistic predictions come true. But only one in three people who already have fiber optics in their home actually use the connection.
What's the role of fiber optics
Fiber optic technology is designed from the outset for Internet transmission, there is much less interference and, as a rule, the promised speed also reaches your computer or smart TV.
If you depend on a stable Internet connection at home, a fiber optic connection is what you need. Continuous video conference meetings from the home office, for example, are child's play for fiber optics. Thanks to fiber optics, homebuilders in particular will likely remain at the forefront of Internet technology for decades to come. In addition, the connection also serves to increase and stabilize value.
Only a few really take advantage of fiber optic connection
Those who are satisfied with their cable TV or DSL connection can wait and see before switching to fiber optics. For most, a download speed of 1,000 megabits per second (Mbit/s) is still too much for the time being. That is the speed promised by fiber optics with the so-called gigabit connection. For example, even a fraction of this speed, i.e. a stable connection of 25 Mbit/s, is sufficient to watch a movie in Ultra-HD (4K resolution) directly from the Internet.
Internet tariffs with a download speed of 200 Mbit/s are recommended for intensive users and families with teenagers. It is also possible with cable TV and fast DSL connections. However, TV cable is especially weak in upload speed, which is noticeable for video conferencing and digital teaching. DSL connections are also often limited when it comes to downloading: In many places they can only achieve a speed of 50 Mbit/s.
Fiber optics and its expansion
Fiber optic expansion is laborious manual work. For this reason, Internet companies usually define individual expansion areas gradually. Especially in rural regions, they often only build when 40% of the residents have opted for a fiber optic connection. Usually you have to wait, it takes time to be ready. But if you're wondering if it's worth it; it's a total yes. Of course, it is more economical to participate directly in the extension. Those who decide too late are also the last to connect to the local fiber optic network.
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