Fiber Internet vs Cable Internet
June 10, 2022
For many years, copper cables were what most Internet connections were built upon — and were often the same lines to which households connected their landlines. Today, however, optical Fiber has become a much more prevalent way to provide high-speed connectivity for residences, businesses, and public infrastructure. When comparing the several different types of Internet service, Fiber has consistently proven to be the fastest and most reliable.
While installing Fiber infrastructure in any given community is a long, meticulous process, the benefits it has over cable networks are proving to be worth the wait for users who make the switch. No matter how you compare Fiber and copper cable, Fiber has a distinct advantage over cable. Here are some reasons why Fiber is superior to cable:
• Fiber Is Faster Than Cable
• Signals Over Fiber Degrade Less Over a Long Distance
• Copper Cabling Is Expensive
• Copper Cable Is Susceptible to Interference
• Fiber Is More Durable Than Cable
Fiber Is Faster Than Cable
The most obvious benefit a Fiber connection brings its users is its speed. Fiber-optic cables use pulses of light to transmit data and carry information almost as fast as the speed of light. We’ve only just scratched the surface when it comes to Fiber’s speed. Researchers have reported a theoretical transmission rate of 319 Tbps over a fiber-optic connection; that’s 319,000 times faster than the groundbreaking gigabit speeds that residences now have access to! But fast Internet is not the only arena in which Fiber bests cable.
Signals Over Cable Degrade Over Long Distances
Signals over a copper cable network degrade faster as they travel longer distances. Internet users on cable networks are much more susceptible to latency than those using Fiber with a dedicated line. For this reason, many copper cable connections depend on repeaters to pick up signals and boost them over portions of their network.
Copper Cabling Is Expensive
Even though it’s more advanced, Fiber is surprisingly more affordable than copper cabling. Because copper is a very versatile, useful material, installing and replacing it is going to be more expensive. This is especially true as copper cable has to be replaced more often than Fiber does.
Copper Cable Is Susceptible to Interference
Fiber is resistant to electromagnetic interference. Copper cabling isn’t, however, and the information it carries can be disrupted by any nearby electronic systems. This is because copper cabling transmits data with electrical signals. The cables lines themselves can cause electromagnetic interference, and can prevent other nearby networks from working properly. There is a way to shield cables from electromagnetic interference, but it comes at an additional cost.
Fiber Is More Durable Than Cable
Copper is known to be a malleable material, making it easy to warp or damage during installation or construction. Optical Fiber, on the other hand, is more durable, having been reported to withstand up to 800 pounds of pulling tension.
Fiber also has a longer lifespan due to its resistance to the corrosion and deterioration that copper cabling is susceptible to. For this reason, Fiber can stay in the ground for decades while cable needs to be replaced roughly every five years. If you see Fiber being installed in your neighborhood, you can rest assured that it will likely stay in the ground and serve your community for a very long time.
Sooner or later, copper cable networks will be a thing of the past. Coaxial cable networks are struggling to keep up with how we currently use the Internet. As our needs continue to evolve, the only technology we should be using is one that we know can meet not just current demands, but future ones as well.
Are you ready to use the Internet service of the future? Find out if Tachus Fiber Internet is available in your area. If we’re not in your community yet, learn more about how you can bring our 100 Mbps, 500 Mbps, and 1,000 Mbps fiber-optic Internet plans into your neighborhood.