12 Dec Fibre Optics
Compared to high-speed copper Internet connections, fibre optic Internet offers blistering speed. Add up the time (and frustration levels) that employees spend twiddling their thumbs waiting on slow internet. Fibre optics Internet will not only improve productivity but also give employees a sense that they are working for a quality, modern company.
Fibre is much stronger than copper and not susceptible to inclement weather conditions which can damage transmission. Unless fibres are physically extracted or cut out, fibre is also resistant to human or electrical interference.
With fibre optic Internet, speed does not decrease as high demands are placed on the network. In business, web conferencing, streaming, file sharing and cloud applications are increasingly becoming common user activities. If the current Internet connection is unable to support bandwidth demands, fibre optic Internet connectivity is an appropriate response.
Through simple methods such as cable tapping, hackers can gain relatively easy access to cable Internet. The only way to penetrate fibre optic Internet is to physically cut the fibres (which will result in the signal disappearing). Switching to fibre optic Internet will not protect you entirely but it will significantly reduce your risk.
Latency issues (or the delays experienced while processing data over the Internet) are reduced when using fibre optic Internet. Benefits for productive businesses include:
- more effective communication between employees
- downloads and uploads with no or minimal disruption
- improved voice quality for VoIP users
- enabling the movement of more apps to the cloud.
Latency alone is a solid reason to consider switching to fibre optic Internet.
Copper cable is sensitive to electromagnetic interference. This is particularly relevant when a company is sharing a telecommunications room with other businesses. Fibre optic Internet can protect your connectivity if others are using equipment which might interfere with your connection.
7. CLOUD ACCESS
More and more businesses are using cloud in one way or another and having fibre optic Internet means faster access to your data and applications stored in the cloud. This becomes particularly relevant when one considers the need for the spontaneity needed in a Sales and CRM (Customer Relationship Management) environment.
With copper, the signal weakens the further the user moves from the switch. With fibre optic Internet, the signal strength does not degrade as quickly – very important for work stations situated far from the telecommunications room.
Whether communicating at regional or global level, teleconferencing and video conferencing are improving communications and creating greater engagement in areas such sales, marketing and training. Fibre optic Internet allows companies to invest in improved communications platforms without prejudicing available bandwidth. Investment in video conferencing can provide obvious financial benefits by reducing misunderstandings (by facilitating face-face communication), cutting travel needs and increasing meaningful training interventions.
In looking at a cost: benefit analysis of investing in fibre optics Internet, there are many factors to consider. Fibre optic Internet improves efficiencies and effectiveness and importantly, enhances engagement and productivity. Managed intelligently, the cost savings can be significant. Despite the increased costs of fibre optic Internet and the investment needed for installation, fibre optic Internet is very much an option for businesses looking to move confidently into the future.