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Fibre Internet Facts You Need to Know

By: Westman Communications Group
Posted: August 10, 2023 20:38Internet and Wi-Fi

Summary: Most of us have heard that fibre-optic Internet speed is “better,” but what does that mean? Fibre-optic cables send data up to 1,000 times faster than copper cables, making it easier to connect with others, upload data, stream and more. Let’s dig into the facts around fibre-optic Internet advantages. 


When selecting Internet technology for your home or business, it can be challenging to determine which one is the best. Every service provider claims to provide fast and reliable Internet, but is there a clear winner when it comes to how it is delivered?  

The answer is YES! Fibre delivers better video picture and sound, provides incredible reliability when working from home, has the lowest latency for activities like online gaming, handles multiple connected devices with ease, and offers considerable advantages for businesses. Fibre-optic Internet is the new gold standard for Internet technology, and those fortunate enough to have access to it enjoy many advantages.  



A speedometer with a red needle Description automatically generatedInternet travels to homes and businesses in various ways: radio waves, phone lines, cable networks, electric wiring, or fibre-optics. DSL uses copper lines, which were initially designed to carry voice signals and cable Internet is delivered through coaxial cables. DSL caps out at much slower speeds than fibre, and both cable and DSL typically have significantly slower upload speeds.  

Fibre Internet uses cutting-edge technology to deliver data to and from your devices at the speed of light. Light travels through fibre optic lines at speeds that surpass those of cable and DSL. Download AND Upload speeds typically range from 100 Mbps to 10 Gbps.   


Internet technologies such as copper, DSL and wireless can be affected by external factors such as severe weather, temperature fluctuations, and moisture. Fibre-optic cables are constructed via small flexible strands of glass. Since the signal is light instead of electricity, fibre Internet is unaffected by electrical surges, moisture or cold.  

Fibre also sends data further than other technologies like wireless or copper, which are limited by distance or physical line-of-sight to an antenna.  

So, whether you are next door to your Internet provider or across the county, you’ll always enjoy faster load times and higher-quality streaming.  



A fast Internet connection is essential to enjoy modern-day entertainment. It provides the ability for super-high-definition and 4K video streaming, virtual reality, real-time online gaming, watching your favourite online videos, and connecting via social media and video calls. As technology continues to advance, only fibre Internet has the capability to evolve with it.  



The average number of Internet-connected devices in the home continues to rise each year, and Internet usage does too. In a few short years, most homes will have dozens of connected devices and Gig Internet will be the norm, while other Internet technologies have already reached their limits.   


Latency refers to how long it takes for a signal to travel to its destination and back. Low latency is very important for online gaming, video conferencing, stock trading, or any activity where a delay matters. Fibre Internet typically has much lower latency than wireless, cable, DSL, or 5G, and since no. one. wants. to. face. time. like. this... Latency matters, and it’s much better with fibre.  



The incredible speed and reliability of fibre make it the best choice for businesses. The bandwidth capabilities also make it ideal for quickly accessing data and applications stored in the cloud. Fibre also offers security advantages. Unlike other technologies, the only way to penetrate a fibre-optic cable is to physically cut the fibre, which will cause the signal to disappear. It’s also future proof, so as your technology needs grow, fibre will be ready to handle any challenge you throw at it.

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