Fibre internet is one of the most revolutionary advances in telecommunications since the invention of the internet itself! It is reliable and offers the highest speeds available. But it can get pretty technical at times… That’s why we’ve put together answers to the 4 most commonly asked questions about fibre internet.
Is Fibre the Same as WiFi?
Fibre and WiFi are similar, but not the same. Both fibre optic cables and wireless fidelity are methods of transmitting data. However, fibre is used for connecting homes to regional internet exchanges and across the globe. WiFi is used for connecting all of your devices in the home to the fibre access point. A key difference between the two is that fibre uses light signals to transmit data, where WiFi uses radio waves.
How Do I Install Fibre Internet?
Fibre internet connections are installed by skilled technicians. The first step in having fibre installed is to check the fibre coverage in your area. The fibre coverage map will show you if the fibre cables have been laid under the pavement and roads of your suburb. If fibre optic cables have been trenched in your area, technicians will be able to run an additional length of cable from the telecom closet on the pavement to your residence. If fibre isn’t available in your area, you can always reach out to us and let us know.
What Are the Benefits of Fibre Internet?
- It’s the fastest type of internet connection available today! You remember when HD TVs were all the rage? Well, 4K is here to stay and we need fast internet to make the most out of our amazing new displays.
- It’s the most reliable type of internet connection. Where the old copper lines were prone to signal attenuation and noise interference, fibre offers consistent internet access.
- Symmetrical connections are more readily available with fibre meaning you’ll get the same speed for uploads as you will for downloads.
- Gamers everywhere know that fibre is the gold standard. The low latency of these connections means that gamers can respond to the dynamics of their favourite games like Fortnite, Call of Duty, and PUBG more quickly. Faster reaction times means more wins and more fun.
How Fast Is Fibre Internet?
Fiber internet has become synonymous with speed, and for good reason! It is really fast! But how fast is “fast”? Fibre to the home is readily available at speeds between 10 Mbps and 300 Mbps! Using a download time calculator, that means you’d be able to download 1 Gigabyte of data in under 15 minutes with a 10 Mbps connection. Using a 300 Mbps connection would reduce this time to under 30 seconds. Of course, real world situations are a little different. The location and capacity of the server sending the files for you to download will affect the download times. The world record for fibre internet is held by the Japanese National Institute of Information and Communication Technology (NICT) at 319 terabits per second. With a speed like this, it would take 26 seconds to download 1 million Gigabytes! Wow!