Copper cable is highly conductive to electricity, which makes it susceptible to a huge range of variables like weather, power outages, water, and temperature changes. In some situations, the electricity coursing through the copper wire can even present a fire hazard.
Fiber cable is made of glass and doesn’t carry an electric current. As a result, fiber internet is invulnerable to power outages and disruptions due to weather and temperature. Fiber optic cable can even be submerged in water. While copper wire can be disrupted due to interference from nearby electrical wires and high-voltage equipment, fiber cable is nearly impossible to disrupt and protects against fire hazards.
The average Canadian cable speed is approximately 20-100 megabits per second (Mbps). This speed varies based on the time of the day, the amount of traffic in your area, and whether you’re downloading or uploading. Meanwhile, Tether’s fiber optic internet is 1,000 Mbps (1 Gbps), for uploads and downloads, regardless of the traffic or number of people in your area.
The electrical element of copper cable makes data relatively easy to intercept. Fiber optic cable transmits data through pulses of light. These light pulses are contained within the fibers and don’t radiate a signal like copper cable.
Though fiber optic cable is incredibly difficult to tap, it is possible. However, tapping into fiber causes light to leak, which shuts down the entire system and prevents data from falling into the wrong hands.
Imagine internet access as a highway. Bandwidth essentially describes the width of the highway. If you have hundreds or even thousands of cars trying to get by on a single-lane highway, traffic is bound to move quite slowly. However, if you’re on some kind of mega 12-lane highway, traffic flows smoothly, even with thousands of cars on the ride.
Copper cable is like a one or two-lane highway. It’s fine during the day, but once everyone is off work or school, suddenly your internet is unbearably slow. Fiber, on the other hand, is like that mega 12-lane highway. No matter what time of day it is, there’s more than enough space for everyone to browse, stream, game, and more at high speeds.
Technology is always changing. While cable internet is almost enough for most tasks today, that won’t be the case for much longer. As technology and web-reliance continue to evolve, our devices will require faster upload and download speeds, and higher bandwidth. Investing in fiber optic internet now equips your home or business for the changes that are going to take place within the next few years.
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