With so much of the world switching from offices and storefronts and going mostly or fully online, internet speed and reliability is more important than ever before. Fiber optic internet may be a “newer” technology, but many businesses are finding significant returns on their investment after making the switch.
There are many reasons why companies of all sizes benefit from fiber. We’ve collected our top seven reasons to switch to fiber.
Considering a switch? Here’s what you need to know:
7 Reasons to Switch to Fiber
1. Fiber is Faster
Fiber internet is significantly faster than its older counterparts. Many companies offer speed ranges from 25 megabit per second (Mbps) to 10 gigabits per second (Gbps).
Research has indicated that slower internet connections can cost employees as much as one week each year in productivity. So while it may seem minor, your team can waste significant time simply waiting on things to load when your internet speeds cannot keep up.
2. You Can Access Cloud Data Faster
Most organizations today are utilizing cloud storage, apps, and more in various ways throughout their business. If your Internet is slow, you’re going to experience delays accessing your cloud data – plain and simple.
Because of this, it is essential to ensure that your internet speeds can keep up with the work that you need to do and the data that you need to access.
3. You Enjoy More Reliability
The very construction of the fiber cables makes them significantly more reliable than their copper-based counterparts. Additionally, fiber cables are not susceptible to inclement weather, human interference, or electrical interference.
If your company relies on your internet to make phone calls or interact with your applications, reliability is going to be incredibly important.
4. Stronger Signal Strengths Increase Access
Traditional internet connections use DSL or copper-based Ethernet cables. Those connections experience a degradation of signal strength as a user gets further away from the switch.
However, Fiber Optic internet does not experience a degradation of signal strength as quickly over the same distances. Suppose your organization consists of larger spaces. In that case, fiber could be a huge benefit to improve signal strength across your company — especially if you have employees located far away from the telecom room.
5. Faster Bandwidth and Less Latency Means Fewer Delays
Businesses are continuously transmitting data. Because of this, it is really easy to hit a cap on your bandwidth limits. Even if your provider says that your services are unlimited, it is never going to be truly unlimited. There are many activities inside of your company that can put high demands of stress on your bandwidth.
Include streaming video, file-sharing, access in cloud applications, or web conferencing.
Fiber-optic cables eliminate many of the latency issues and bandwidth issues that companies experience. This is especially true when you are downloading or uploading high-definition content or videos, or accessing large files stored on remote servers.
Switching to fiber can easily result in your ability to utilize more cloud applications, experience better voice quality, download and upload files with fewer disruptions, and collaborate more easily between your employees.
6. Equal Upload and Download Times
Fiber Optic internet gives you the ability to enjoy symmetric speed. Fiber allows you to have equal download and upload times on your internet connection.
While this is not particularly critical for operations, it is highly beneficial. Employees today are often multitasking. They may be trying to upload content, video, image files, or make phone calls while downloading other content. Symmetric speed gives you a way to accommodate the demands on your internet connection.
7. Fiber is More Stable and Secure
Traditional copper cabling that is found in broadband internet is susceptible to electromagnetic interference. This type of interference can be caused by being near heavy machinery.
Fiber optic signals do not disappear or experience a degradation strength as a result of electromagnetic interference. This stability can allow your organization to enjoy a more stable internet connection even when you have equipment that would typically interfere with other types of Internet.
Fiber is also more secure. Hackers can tap into copper cables using relatively simple methods. Because of this, hackers can access the data traveling along the network without disrupting it. In many cases, the companies are not even aware that their signal has been hijacked.
Fiber is more secure because the only way to penetrate a fiber optic cable is to cut the wires. This causes the signal to disappear so hackers can no longer access it.
Work With a Professional Fiber Installer
Making the switch to fiber isn’t a small choice. It is an investment in your business that promotes your productivity and success.
However, this switch will be one that you won’t likely regret.
Browning Electric Company has been providing quality, reliable industrial electrical work for over 15 years. We are experts in commercial fiber optics and offer a variety of services including installations, fusion splicing, termination, and cable testing to ensure that you’re prepared for this school year and countless more to come.
Contact us today if you’re interested in upgrading to fiber optic internet or learning more about our electrical services.