We’ve all heard of TELUS PureFibre Internet, but what is it? These days everyone is talking about what type of internet they have, which carrier’s internet is fastest and how they need the best Fibre Optic connection available.
First, let’s breakdown the technology.
Fibre Optics is the use of thin flexible fibers of glass, or other transparent solids to transmit light signals, chiefly for telecommunications or for internal examination of the body.
Fibre Optic Internet is a technology that uses glass threads (fibers) to transmit data. A Fibre Optic cable consists of a bundle of glass threads, each of which is capable of transmitting messages modulated onto light waves.
Now what does that mean for your internet? The previous technology standard for internet and Wireline services was provided through Copper lines. Cable and DSL internet make use of cables made from copper to facilitate data transmission. Copper has some advantages, including that it already exists in many places and is less expensive to connect network devices. The disadvantages are that although copper is perfectly adequate for a voice signal, it has very limited bandwidth which is the limitation on a range of frequencies within a given band. In short, the cable can only transmit so much information at a time which limits speed and usage capacity.
Just like with our smartphones, the technology continues to transform and what seemed amazing 5 years ago, today just isn’t. An average internet plan that allows a 50 megabits per second download & upload speed still exceeds what most people need, but once again the technology and expectations are shifting. Now, we are downloading our TV shows and movies, playing video games with millions of people in real time, connecting our house-hold appliances to adapt and cater to our lifestyles, etc. Not only do these new applications of technology require better, faster, more reliable internet but they’re also using more of it. This is where Fibre has changed the game.
So why is Fibre Optics better?
Well, here are 6 reasons why TELUS is moving towards Fibre.
- Fibre Optic technology is FAST.
Fibre Optic versus copper wire transmission can be boiled down to the speed of photons versus the speed of electrons. During tests at Eindhoven University of Technology, they demonstrated data transfers over a single multi-core optical fiber at a rate of 32 terabytes per second. Fibre Optic cables operate only 31% slower than the actual speed of light! Fiber links provide over 1,000 times as much bandwidth as copper and can travel more than 100 times further. To give you an example we can all relate to, you could transfer a high definition (HD) movie file in .03 milliseconds at this speed. Talk about the future of technology!
- Less outages
Fiber optic cable is not susceptible to various environmental factors or inclement weather conditions unlike Copper cable. Fiber optic cables do not conduct electricity, which means they will not produce electromagnetic currents that can interfere with other wires and wreak havoc on a network. Fiber is also resistant to human or electrical interference unless fibers are physically cut. This means there are far less factors that could lead to an outage or a need for technical support.
- You can put your tinfoil hats away (for good)
Would-be hackers and information thieves can gain access to business cable internet with relative ease, due to cable tapping or other relatively simple methodologies. Since optical fiber does not transmit electricity, it does not radiate signals and there for cannot be tapped and is much more secure. Copper, however, does use electricity and is susceptible to be tapped, which can cause the entire system to fail.
- Light does not catch on Fire
Something you don’t always think of first when it comes to infrastructure for internet is safety. As we learned earlier, Fibre Optic technology is data transferred through light. A rather important characteristic of fiber glass cable is that they are not a fire hazard. Who knew!
This is the term used to describe delays that occur while processing data over an internet connection. Fibre Optic internet eliminates many of the latency issues users experience on cable internet, particularly when downloading or uploading video or high-definition content. This makes a huge difference when we’re talking about the download and upload of huge files or online gaming.
- Fibre is the new superfood of technology
Mom always told you to get plenty of fiber, so why shouldn’t her advice work for your internet connection too? Because it is made from silicon, the second most abundant element in the Earth’s crust after oxygen, there is no shortage of the raw materials used to create fiber. The element can be found in rocks, soils, sands and clays, often combined with oxygen and other elements. Fiber consumes less energy. Overall, less energy is consumed by Fibre Optic networks than copper networks. Fiber can transmit more data over longer distances and still use less energy than copper. Now that is a step in the right direction.
Fibre Optic means getting the ultimate speed and reliability from your internet. Almost every industrial and personal connection made today is through the internet; sending an e-transfer, connecting a TELUS SmartHome Security system in your home, using meaningful insights from the ‘Internet of Things’ to gather data and run more efficiently, or receiving Nationwide Emergency alerts from the government. Some people still may not believe that internet really is a vital part of our lives today, but it is. TELUS is constantly striving to provide the very best products and services, so it’s no surprise why they are making the switch to Fibre.