If you’re after super speedy TV, Internet and phone service, your options will usually be either copper or fiber optic – but what are they, and what’s the difference? And, most importantly, which one is the best?

Copper is so last season


A fiber optic network understands your need for speed. You want to get online and get your stuff done fast.

Nobody’s got time for the spinning wheel of doom, and if connections could race … fiber optic would win. You see, as opposed to using copper phone lines to reach your home, which drop their speed over long distances, fiber optic retains its ultrafast strength. That means you can get more stuff done online, faster.

So, whether you like to dawdle or zip about, always choose optical fiber if its available.



Bringing it home

Many providers will provide fiber optic until the connection between the local exchange and your home, where it then transmits through copper phone lines. The fastest and most reliable connection comes from providers like C3 that offer a 100 percent fiber network FTTH (fiber to the home) which have fiber lines all the way to your front door, so to speak.

There are several advantages that make fiber optic a more enticing infrastructure solution than its copper counterpart.

With fiber optic, you can get everything you want with no delays, because it’s a totally different type of line that’s run right inside your home.

It’s not just faster; it’s more reliable too.

You are more likely to get the speeds you signed up for and, if you want to increase your speed, you can do so easily with no extra installation; it’s all down to the magic of fiber optic.

Fiber-optic lines are tiny strands of optically pure glass that carry digital information over long distances.

Information in a fiber optic cable travels 10 times further than in copper before it needs amplifying and, unlike copper cables, there’s no electromagnetic interference between optical fibers. Basically, it means you can see more, do more and have more fun at home.



Endless possibilities

On the same fiber strand, you can stream HD videos on YouTube, listen to tunes on Spotify, download game updates, Skype the family back home and conference call the office. Fiber optic connectivity is all about future proofing your requirements and maximizing the latest technological advances and user experience.

The Internet was cleverly designed to ferry any kind of information for any kind of use; it’s not limited to carrying computer data. While copper telephone lines once carried the Internet, now the fiber-optic Internet can carry telephone service and much more. And fiber optics can transfer more data at higher throughput over longer distances than copper wire. For example, a network using modern copper lines can carry 3,000 telephone calls, while a similar system using fiber optics can carry over 31,000.



Beyond communications

Fiber optic also delivers applications in areas like home security, surveillance, home automation, three-dimensional conferencing and working from home. When home is your head office, you’ll want to know your connection is powerful enough to keep your business, your home life and your security running smoothly.

The increase in homes connecting to a fiber optic network has created a paradigm shift with new ideas and innovations enabling an entirely new experience for multi-tasking in mixed reality and connectivity.

Mixed reality systems and better connectivity allow teachers to help students visualize concepts in ways they never could before; and companies to offer much more effective customer support remotely. They are also a lot of fun.

As much as development is being generated in mixed reality and connectivity, one thing is for certain – fiber optic is becoming intrinsic in our daily lives, and C3 can bring it to you here in Cayman.