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Top 5 Reasons Fiber Networks are Better than Copper

According to the FCC’s Eighth Broadband Progress Report, 19 million Americans lack broadband access. The lack of high-speed broadband connectivity is not only a problem in schools, but it’s also a problem for many businesses who are unable to leverage the strength of data communications to manage or improve operations. Direct internet access leveraging a core fiber network solution ensures high-quality data transmission. However, many businesses still rely on traditional copper coax cable for their business’ data connectivity. This slows down productivity and hinders the ability to operate as efficiently as possible. If your company is considering upgrading from copper to fiber network solutions for near limitless speed and capacity, consider these benefits:

1. Increased Bandwidth

Fiber network solutions can significantly increase your bandwidth speed, vastly improving the time it takes to upload and download data. Because traditional copper connections were originally designed to transfer voice calls only (they were installed before the internet), they are limited in capacity and are prone to performance issues limited use in today’s modern data communications world. For example, a standard T1 connection is only capable of carrying 1.5Mbps of throughput, which can be significantly low for larger businesses. To put it into perspective, 1.5Mbps is unable to support high-definition video streaming, let alone support standard video streaming simultaneously with other services. Additionally, distance plays a factor in network performance due to the nature of electrical signaling, many copper connections are limited by distance – further hindering network capabilities and affecting day-to-day performance. Fiber network solutions can expand bandwidth capabilities and are not limited by distance. This can be particularly beneficial for data center services as it can significantly improve function.

2. Faster Upload and Download Speed

Fiber network solutions vastly increase the speed of uploads and downloads, some of which can be upwards of 1 gigabit per second. Traditional copper connections are limited to 40 Gbps. whereas fiber networks can deliver data at the speed of light. In a simple comparison, downloads that take 22 minutes over most copper cable connections can be as fast as 8 seconds when using fiber network solutions. In a nutshell, fiber-based network solutions provide over 1,000 times as much bandwidth as copper and can travel more than 100 times further. If your business frequently uploads and downloads large quantities of information, across a variety of users or devices simultaneously, fiber network solutions will instantly speed up productivity and allow you to make the most out of a workday nearly eliminating idle time waiting for data downloads.

3. Security

Security is a particular concern due to the growing number of cyber threats that have arisen in the past decade. Unfortunately, intercepting information from a copper network solution can be exceptionally easy, exposing your business to threats unnecessarily.  Fiber-based networks, however, are incredibly difficult to tap, making them a more secure solution for businesses that want to fortify their network security and ensure data protection for customers and employees alike. In today’s cyber climate, it is more important than ever to have secure connectivity to transmit your important data.

4. Cost

Fiber network solutions can be a more expensive investment in the short-term when compared to copper-based services. However, the costs have significantly decreased as fiber optic cabling becomes more commonplace. Overall, the cost of lifetime ownership is lower due to the improved durability, the cheaper maintenance, and less required hardware. Further considerations that help justify the cost differential is the increased capacity, capabilities and performance that improve productivity for your entire business. This means that your business could actually stand to save money in the long-term, all while not having to worry about compromised security or lagging bandwidth.

5. Reliability

Temperature fluctuations, inclement weather, and built-up moisture can all cause a loss of interface to performance in copper wiring. Old copper wiring can also present a fire hazard if it becomes worn and exposed to the electrical current. In other words, copper networks are prone to interference. In contrast, Fiber network solutions use light to transmit data. As a result, they are not prone to interference by weather (lightning, winds) and should a network be severed, the glass breaks without exposing currents or data to the elements. X Because of this businesses that leverage fiber network solutions are not at risk of elongated shutdowns, malfunctions, or other hazards. This allows you to continue working without the risk of costly delays.

If your company is currently struggling with traditional copper cable connections, consider switching to fiber network solutions to save your business time, money, and a lot of frustration. For more information contact Bluebird Network for a quote, and to learn more about their network solutions and how they can benefit you.

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