Does your business need fiber-optic internet service? Does it actually improve productivity? How will it affect your bottom line?

Whether to invest in this relatively new technology is an important question for the small business owner. We know your time is precious, so we put together a quick guide, based on our experience and expertise.

Fiber Internet is carried by a strand of glass fiber as thin as a human hair. It takes the place of copper cables, and it is capable of ferrying digital information across great distances. If your office space is particularly vast, or if you rely on video to do business, fiber-optic internet might be your best option.

Cost

In addition to the cost of installing a fiber line and the associated hardware, the monthly cost of fiber internet tends to be higher than cable internet. But cost is less than half of the cost-effectiveness equation. The real question is what benefits the extra cost gets you.

Fiber offers almost unlimited bandwidth, making video conferencing, streaming video, file sharing, and use of the now-ubiquitous cloud far faster and more efficient. Low bandwidth associated with the coaxial cable of cable companies or the twisted copper pair cables of traditional telephony causes delays in communication and jumpy, pixelated video, which can interfere with intelligibility and make your business appear less than professional. You have to spend money to make money.

Speed

Fiber-optic Internet is simply super fast. You will never again experience delayed service during peak hours. It allows you to upload and download high definition content simultaneously and quickly. Download speeds range from 150 Mbps (megabits per second) to 500 Mbps. Upload speeds range from 65 Mbps to 100 Mbps. (In comparison, typical copper cable download speeds are 30 Mbps, and premium is 100 Mbps.) A slow connection impacts your business negatively. You compromise revenue when you rely on dated technology.

Reliability

A copper cable internet connection is susceptible to electromagnetic interference. This could take the form of lightning storms, but also of machinery and electrical equipment operating too close to the cable. Copper cable also emits electromagnetic waves, making it subject to eavesdropping without a physical “tap.” Fiber-optic cable, on the other hand, is extremely difficult to tap, emits no electromagnetic waves that can be detected by surveillance equipment, and is immune to electromagnetic radiation and pulse.

Fiber-optic internet service is not available everywhere, but it is available to businesses in southern New Jersey from Max Communications. We’ve been serving the telecommunication needs of businesses in the area around Millville area for 11 years and we’re always excited to introduce clients to the benefits of new technologies. What is the best network system for your business right now? Let’s talk about it today! Call us: 856-825-6000.