According to the Washington Post, Optical Fiber is up to that challenge. It all started with the screeching sound of a dial-up modem transmitting data into sound and sent over the phone lines as it connected to an ISP’s equipment which gave you access to the Internet. This is something our company knows well since its roots started as the 1st 56k dial-up ISP utilizing newly released US Robotics equipment to deliver those blazing fast speeds of the time. Then these connections graduated to a vast cable infrastructure and DSL. Again, something our company knows well, since in circa 1999 it became one of the first and largest national DSL providers. But what’s next?
Cable remains solid in the USA and DSL became known as high-speed, as customers used more data faster, ever pushing the capacity of phone lines. While, in rural areas, satellite often remained the only player in the game.
However, more and more, the only phrase on the lips of services , companies , and customers alike has been optical fiber. And at OpticalTel, we have been in the forefront delivering Fiber-to-the-Home since 2004.
Optical fiber has long been in use providing the major long distance wiring that makes up the backbone of the Internet. Today, competition is about service companies delivering that backbone to your house or business. The "last mile" that isn’t already handled by fiber.
Although its more expensive than other connection technologies, the results are hard to argue with. Fiber can achieve speeds much faster than Cable or DSL (most cable plants achieve theoretical speeds of 30Mb, but realistically average around 6Mb. Likewise DSL other than in very close distances achieves about 6Mb. Fiber can offer Gigabit speeds and at OpticalTel we currently have communities with 100Mb offerings.
With the tremendous increase in streaming video, particularly HD video, only the virtually unlimited bandwidth provided by optical fiber can handle the current needs for wired and wireless connectivity. Parker Associates has estimated that by end of 2011 U.S. households subscribing to fiber optic Internet would increase to 18 million. Cisco anticipates a quadrupling of Internet traffic by 2015.
It’s not just video either driving all this data hunger. It’s also Cloud computing, IPTV, Video On Demand, file sharing, user-generated content, online gaming, social networking and applications taxing the tubes.
Bottom line, Fiber seems up to the challenge.
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