In today’s Internet world, fibre optic is the obvious choice when it comes to connection speed. If you have the option to switch to a fibre optic connection, it is recommended to do so. However both DSL and fibre optic Internet connections can be excellent choices for your enterprise. Openface’s Internet team is here to help determine your business needs and devise the best connectivity solution for you business.
Fibre optics vs DSL
|Range/distance before signal degradation||Typically ~3KM||No practical degradation; fibre optic cables can transmit data over very large distances.|
|Typical connection speeds for commercial applications||6 Mbps, 10Mbps, 20Mbps etc.||10Mbps, 100Mbps, 1Gbps, 10Gbps|
|Duplex||Half Duplex, meaning upload & download share one channel||Full duplex, meaning a dedicated channel for upload and another for download|
|Repair time in the event of a failure (industry standard MTTR – Mean-Time-To-Repair)):||24-48 hours||4 hours|
|Resistance to noise||Average resistance to sources of electromagnetic noise such as radio, engines or nearby cables, as well as resistance to whether such as rain or humidity||Superior resistance to sources of electromagnetic noise such as radio, engines or nearby cables, as well as resistance to whether such as rain or humidity|
|Risks||Relatively high risk level, especially when used for mission critical processes. Backup links are suggested.||Low risk level. 99.9% guaranteed availability.|
Whether DSL or fibre optic is the right choice depends on your business needs. Fibre optic technology has the advantage of offering a high bandwidth, symmetrical and full duplex connection. This means that upload and download speeds are the same and operate on two independent channels, which means that your upload will never interfere with your download and vice versa. With DSL connections, backup links are suggested for critical systems. Fibre optic is the perfect solution if your enterprise transmits or receives large files such as plans and videos, or voice over IP, video conference and connections to a private cloud.