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7 Key Benefits of Fiber Optic Connectivity

Posted by Digital West Inc. on 2/21/17 11:00 AM


Digital West has been working to make high speed fiber Internet more accessible to the Central Coast since 2010. Today, the Digital West fiber optic network helps municipalities run smoothly, businesses experience better returns and communities grow.

As the range of fiber infrastructure grows, fiber connectivity becomes a more affordable and simpler upgrade to your business technology. Let’s take a look at  the seven key benefits and advantages when you upgrade to a fiber optic network.


1. Speed

Fast Internet speeds are important to business productivity, especially if your business depends on publishing and exchanging large data files or videos. These days fiber optic Internet is faster than the highest speed copper Internet connections. Fiber also provides users with much faster upload and download speeds (symmetric speed) than other types of connections so your data is sent much more quickly over fiber networks. Download our smart paper to learn more about symmetric speed.

2. Security

Fiber optic cables make the most secure connection for your data. Wireless and copper lines can be compromised. Since fiber networks don’t radiate signals, it’s nearly impossible to hack into or tap. Because security breaches can be costly - financially and to business integrity - using fiber optic networks and Internet connectivity increases security and protection against cyber attack.

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Uptime and data transmission are very consistent and constant with fiber lines and switches. This means fiber connectivity gives you the most reliable Internet service around. Fiber optic cables are made of glass (not the traditional copper), making it an extremely reliable conductor. What's the difference in fiber and copper Internet connections? Read our blog explaining whether Fiber Optics vs. Copper is better for your company.

Fiber optic networks are also more resistive to electromagnetic and radio-frequency interference, crosstalk, impedance and other problems such as temperature change and water damage.

4. Cost

Fiber cable cost has decreased significantly, and more and more is the best choice for new cable installation. This means the price of service over fiber has declined and should continue to do so. What is important, is that it has already become cheaper versus the alternatives in many scenarios. For higher bandwidth needs, or systems that are network response sensitive, the cost of connectivity over fiber is less that the alternative legacy TV or phone cable. And once fiber is connected, more options open up to moving services and applications to the cloud, providing cost-savings and scalability.

5. Fast Cloud Access

82 percent of business use the cloud in some way or another - data storage, business apps, site hosting, CRM tools. Fiber Internet is capable of giving you faster access to data and applications that you store in the cloud. This mean fewer delays for sales, customer service and communication with customers.


6. Consistent Signal

Fiber optic Internet signal strength stays consistent over distance while DSL or copper signals can degrade. Large businesses, organizations or building complexes are great candidates for strong and consistent Internet signal strength because of this.

7. Lower Processing Delay

Latency, or delays that happen while data is processing over any Internet connection, is another type of Internet speed issue. Latency is decreased significantly with fiber optic Internet connection than with other types of services. Generally, with fiber optic connectivity, businesses experience faster download and upload time (symmetric speed) with video (especially high definition content) and other large files with less latency; faster cloud access; and clearer voice quality for telephone services.

Upgrading to fiber is a considerable decision for your company, but there are some very solid business benefits to consider the switch. Are you ready for fiber optic connectivity? Whatever your business size, contact us today - we’ll help you with any questions you have about business fiber optic network options.


Topics: Metro Fiber, Connectivity