Tech Demystified: What is Fiber Internet?

Is fiber internet a good fit for my small business?

by Aaron Miller

An overwhelming variety of options: Fiber internet vs. cable

Fiber internet is a variety of internet connectivities that deserve consideration by businesses prioritizing reliability. The number of internet technologies increases every year. Small businesses have more options than ever, and it can get confusing trying to match the right solution to your needs.

When choosing an internet solution, ask yourself which features matter most. The many types of broadband internet—Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), cable modem, fiber, wireless, satellite, and Broadband over Powerlines (BPL)—each have their own strengths and weaknesses. If speed and reliability are critical factors, then be sure to give one internet technology special consideration.

Fiber internet: Harnessing the speed of light

Fiber internet offers many advantages. For example, it is a connection like DSL that uses telephone wire to send a signal. Fiber internet, however, passes light through fiber optic cables. This produces download speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second (Gpbs). A typical DSL connection tops out around 6 Megabits per second.

Fiber’s speed allows for a broad range of online business activities, including connecting with customers, business partners, suppliers, and employees. Its ability to communicate high volumes of information quickly can also support onsite Wi-Fi® networks for employees and customers.

Fiber Internet Reliability

High reliability is another feature of fiber internet. DSL connections can suffer from power outages, interference from power lines, and long distances from internet service providers. Fiber is unaffected by these conditions. It uses light, not electricity, to transmit information and is highly reliable. And because it uses dedicated fiber cables, fiber internet is highly secure and scales easily to your business needs.

This high performance comes at a higher cost, but the benefits may be worth it. If speed and high reliability are priorities for your small business, then you may see the benefits of your investment. It’s good to remember that there may be some limitations accessing fiber internet in remote locations, although providers sometimes offer a backup solution in rural communities.

There’s no shortage of options for small businesses needing to connect to the internet, to their employees, and to their customers. If you depend on high speed and high reliability to deliver your services and support your workers, fiber internet should be at the top of your list.

Learn more about AT&T Business Fiber or contact your AT&T Business representative today.