Internet companies everywhere are lamenting about the fact that computer users are downloading more data than ever, and placing more of a load on ISPs than they may have ever done in previous years. We can certainly access our online content from more devices than our computers these days.
But something is happening; those providers we relied on to help us get on the web seem to no longer be able to handle the load like they used to. This has led many to ask whether the internet as we know it is about to change drastically.
Handling High Data Rates
Most forms of internet service provide speed using the same process: electrical signals are converted into optical signals using lasers. While this may only take milliseconds to accomplish, it results in a significant slowdown in the transmission of data. Not only that, but this conversion process also results in a higher cost and more complexity than some say is necessary.
In this world of growing data consumption and the ever-higher demand for more speed, what could possibly have the power and simplicity needed to carry us into the future. Fiber optic internet may be the answer.
Why Fiber Optic?
The reason so many seem to see fiber optic as the internet solution of the future is due, first and foremost, to its speed. Data travelling over fiber optic cable does so at the speed of light. As far as we know, nothing is faster. As well, one benefit that fiber has over all other internet types is that it can not only handle the transfer of data efficiently, but sustain its high speeds while doing so. Just how fast does data transfer occur over fiber optic cable? At Terrahertz speeds. And these speeds are consistent even over multiple connections. Other internet types are only capable of reaching speeds in the Gigahertz range.
The Top Three Tech Trends
A recent article containing the prediction of technology trends over the next ten years listed fiber optic internet beside cloud computing and mobile. Indeed, at least one major internet company has already begun its fiber optic network deployment. With the advertisement that fiber optic speeds offered by this company will exceed that of average broadband by 100 times, it may not be long before customers come flocking to fiber.
The interesting part of fiber optic being among the top three trends is that it may exist as a necessary part of the other two trends mentioned. For example, with incredibly fast internet, the demand for cloud services may also increase. With the popularity of cloud-based services already enjoying a meteoric rise, mobile phone companies may very well have to revert to the cloud when issuing upgrades for their devices.
The Cost of Fiber, The Cost Of Waiting
Getting fiber optic internet in the home is relatively expensive, which is a definite obstacle for this internet type. As well, the costs to fiber companies are high for making this internet option available to homes who want it. The cost to do this can rise to about $8,000 per home. Such a significant investment can mean that fiber companies may not see a profit for some time.
This could result in the delay of fiber optic to become a popular and widely-used form of internet. Yet, experts are still warning that other internet types who are unable to keep up with the rollout of fiber will face much difficulty when trying to sell their services to customers.
The Internet Is Here To Stay
What started as a way for computers from different networks to communicate has become an integral part of our daily lives. That being said, it makes sense for companies to do all they can to keep up with what’s happening in fiber’s camp.
Guest author Jesse Schwarz writes on a variety of topics, particularly in the area of technology. He is a frequent contributor at The Internet Safety Guide, a site dedicated to helping consumers navigate safety concerns for children as well as helping them find an ISP in their neighborhood.