You've probably heard the phrase "fibre optic" by now, but unless you're super into following tech news you might not really know what it means. It's actually pretty simple; it's just another way of getting high-speed internet into your home. But is it worth it, who should consider it and is it right for your household? Read on to see if you fit any of these profiles--they all describe people who should give serious thought to switching to fibre optic.
#1: The person who hasn't touched their landline phone since 2009.
In our world of increasingly mobile and integrated technology, many people barely remember that they have a landline phone any more. It seems ridiculous in a way that almost everyone still has one--but there's a very simple reason for it! Most broadband providers send your internet connection into your home via the telephone line. This means that you need to have a landline connection in your home whether you use it or not, which in turn means you might be paying a surprisingly hefty line rental charge every month for something you don't even need! Fibre optic broadband is set to change all that, though: it runs into your home through fibre optic cables, which are entirely separate to the telephone wire infrastructure and don't require you to pay line rental or have a landline telephone.
#2: The person who only ever watches Netflix, Amazon Prime and YouTube.
More and more people are moving away from terrestrial or cable television. Pretty much anything good is available from a streaming service now, after all--and the monthly subscriptions for those services are generally so much cheaper than cable that you can easily sign up to several of them and still save money! Fibre optic is a good choice for this in two ways: firstly because many people get their TV from the same company as their phone and internet, so dropping the cable package will drive that bill down even further, and secondly because fibre optic networks are usually faster and therefore better for streaming purposes.
#3: The city-dwelling family who often connects many devices at once.
Not everywhere is hooked up to the fibre optic network yet, but service providers are adding more and more places all the time--especially in larger cities, where it's very likely that you'll be able to hook into a fibre connection. These days it's not uncommon for households to be running dozens of devices on the same wifi network at once: televisions, gaming consoles, computers, laptops, netbooks, tablets, smartphones and (increasingly) smart household objects such as lighting, thermostats, doorbells, cameras and the rest. These devices are a drain on the network, and can slow it down--but the extra speed available on fibre is a great way to overcome that issue.
#4: The freelance professional who works online from home.
Anyone who works from home on a regular basis knows how important it is to have a fast, stable internet connection. When your livelihood depends on the wifi not going down, it's smart to spend a little money on getting the best connection possible--and right now, fibre optic is that connection. Upgrading to fibre means you'll have less downtime and better speeds, which can in turn make you a more reliable and productive freelancer.
Curious yet? If you're interested in finding out if fibre optic broadband is available in your area--and if any of the packages on offer would be right for you--simply get in touch with your internet service provider. Don't be afraid to shop around a little, either; switching providers is often a great way to find a better deal.