The cable is not an optical fiber

As shown by UKE’s “The Role of the Internet in Personal and Professional Life,” Internet users with fiber optics are usually more satisfied with their service provider and spend more time online. This is mainly due to the fact that optical links have many advantages over other technologies that offer network access.

FTTH (Fiber To The Home) technology, ie access to the Internet via a fiber-optic cable directly connected to the customer’s home, has been rapidly settling in Poland for several years. This type of modern connections is not easy to install in the apartment, but first of all allows you to deliver the Internet directly to the customer using modern plastic and fiberglass cables, which send large amounts of information quickly and without interference.

Thus, we are not surprised that this solution has gained a large number of supporters. The big advantage of FTTH is its stability and reliability, which makes it difficult to compete with other access technologies. Today, most operators offer internet at speeds of up to 1 Gb / s on optical lines. With this type of home network, you can forget about stuttering on one of the popular streaming services (such as Netflix), downloading large files with games, working remotely or learning online – even when a few people are using the Internet. people at the same time.

Finally, fiber-optic internet is resistant to electromagnetic disturbances and extremely difficult weather conditions (storms, heavy snow or rain). Unlike traditional telecommunications networks, fiber optic guarantees, including a stable transmission speed and a perfect optical signal that is not subject to any distortion.

The biggest contribution to the spread of this technology in Poland is due to the company Orange, which launched a major fiber-optic investment project a few years ago. Today, this FTTH network covers 6.2 million households in Poland and is used by more than one million subscribers of the operator. This group of users is growing rapidly, as the advantages of fiber-optics over old stationary Internet cable technologies are undeniable and visible to the naked eye.

Not surprisingly, cable networks that offer internet in DOCSIS technology, which uses coaxial cable to access a subscriber, also advertise themselves as suppliers of optical fibers. In fact, in general, cable cables only pull optical fibers to buildings, but not to individual apartments. As a result, the fiber-optic cable ends in a closet in the basement, and the Internet is connected to customers’ apartments via coaxial cable.

In such cases, keep in mind that the structure of the coaxial cable is quite fragile and can be damaged even by relatively gentle crushing. As a result, its structure is easily damaged, which leads to a direct deterioration of the signal transmission. Unlike optical fibers, it is also not protected from radio interference or moisture.

The fact that the future belongs to optical fiber can be proved by the fact that many traditional cable networks in newly built buildings also use real optical fiber for the home (infrastructure in buildings with old technology, due to costs, they do not decide.). You can often hear from them that such a network is “boring”. Why? Because it is less urgent and easier to use than DOCSIS.

Today, as the care of the natural environment becomes more and more important, it is worth noting that the DOCSIS compounds offered by cable operators consume more energy than optical fibers. This in turn leads to additional CO₂ emissions. This is confirmed by the results of the Europacable study published by the European Commission in 2020. They have been implemented since 2017 and clearly demonstrate that optical fiber is the most energy-saving technology for broadband access networks. The authors of the report show that the average annual energy consumption per person using a 50 Mb / s connection via fiber-optic connection reaches 56 kW for DOCSIS compared to 88 kW / h. And the higher the connection speed, the greater the difference in energy consumption.

Given all these aspects, no one today doubts that the future of telecommunications in the coming years will be more related to fiber-optic technology.

What is also important is that the technology is not more expensive for the end customer than cable networks. For example, there may be an offer from nju optical fiber brand recently announced by Orange. The operator with a monthly subscription of 39.99 PLN on a two-year subscription offers connections with speeds up to 200 Mb / s (download) and up to 30 Mb / s (sending). Orange FunBox adds a 3.0 modem as part of the payment. There is also an option with no obligation for a period of two years, where the service is 59.99 PLN per month. Finally, this is a service offered by a reputable operator, thanks to which we are confident that it will provide us with excellent service quality and professional customer service. Unfortunately, this is not very accurate on many cables.

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