What is fiber broadband and how does it work?
Find out more about fiber broadband and where you can get it.
Fiber broadband is a form of superfast broadband and is increasingly available from a range of broadband providers. As the name suggests, it uses fiber optic cables to transmit data at the speed of light for a faster, more reliable connection.
How does fiber optic broadband work?
Fiber optic broadband uses plastic or glass cables to transmit data to your home. This differs from the standard copper wires used in regular broadband connections for landlines and ADSL connections. Each tube is about as thick as a human hair. Data travels as flashes of light through the tubes, bouncing off the reflective walls.
It’s super-fast compared to conventional copper wires. Other than the fiber installation, you won’t need any special equipment or software.
How fast is fiber broadband in India?
Fiber broadband is significantly faster than standard ADSL broadband. A connection that delivers fiber the whole way to the home can offer typical speeds of up to 1,000Mbps. Packages vary according to the provider.
Where can I get fiber broadband?
A number of broadband provider websites will tell you instantly if fiber is available in your area. Packages vary and you’ll find a range of claimed speeds, monthly prices and contract lengths available so, as always, it’s worth shopping around. To test the speed of your current web connection, use our internet speed tool.
Do I need a phone line for fiber broadband?
Technically, you don’t need a phone line to get fiber-optic broadband. However, you may find it hard to compare no-landline broadband packages available with fiber.
What are the pros and cons of fiber broadband?
Pros include that fiber optic cables transmit data much faster than copper ones. They are also resistant to interference and so have a lower bit error. They tend to corrode less. It’s relatively easy to install new fibre in India. Fiber is considered secure because the cables don’t radiate signals; this means it’s impossible to eavesdrop on the transmission passing through. A physical break leads to a total system failure making breaches easy to spot. As the popularity is increasing, the cost is coming down. There are a few cons of fibre networks. Notably, because they’re smaller and lighter.
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