Fiber Vs Cable Internet

  • Cost

Fiber optic internet services are relatively more expensive than cable internet, mostly because the fiber-optic technology is quite new and is offered by fewer providers as compared to cable internet services. But in the long run, fiber is cheaper than cable because cables deteriorate and wear down easily, and have to be replaced regularly, which increases the cost of cable internet services for the ISP. This cost ultimately trickles down to the customer.

  • Structure

Cable internet is provided to the users the same way that the cable TV service is. It used the coaxial cable to transmit data. The core of the coaxial cables is made out of copper that is protected with a layer of aluminum and the outer layer of the cable is made out of plastic. It can deliver both internet and TV services, simultaneously.

Whereas the fiber-optic infrastructure is made out of extremely thin, flexible glass strands that transmit data in the form of light. Fiber optic is a highly advanced technology that enables the delivery of high-speed internet.

  • Speed

Cable internet provides download speeds from 10 Mbps to 940 Mbps, and an upload speed of 5 Mbps to 50 Mbps, which is sufficient for any household or small business. You can perform various online activities including downloading heavy files, streaming videos, and playing online games. But there is one flaw: since cable internet works as a shared network, there is a 25% reduction in internet speed during the peak hours of internet usage.

Whereas fiber internet connection offers parallel download and upload speeds, from 200 Mbps to 1200 Mbps, and it is also more consistent since many people can use the fiber internet at the same time without facing any hindrances in terms of speed reduction and overall performance.

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By Amber