The answer might seem obvious, but it is not as clear-cut as one might think. Fiber access can deliver some valuable benefits for a business, but just how many (and what kind) will depend on how much Internet a business is already using. Those who aren’t using a lot of bandwidth won’t get very far with fiber, but considering how many businesses are drawing on bandwidth to some level, fiber is a development worth considering.
The good news is that most businesses can get some value out of fiber, and fiber is readily available. Cable companies provide the best access to fiber service, so those wanting to see the benefits immediately should start by consulting a telecom agent to connect with the optimal cable service.
Some of the benefits are immediately obvious. Greater amounts of bandwidth and lower latency mean more capability is available at any time, and services can be provided more rapidly than with the lower-bandwidth, higher-latency alternatives. There are also greater security benefits to be had, as it’s comparatively easier to physically tap a copper line than it is to tap a fiber optic line. It’s not foolproof, of course, but it takes a lot more doing to intercept data in a fiber line than it does in a copper line.
The dollar signs deliver
While costs can be prohibitive in the early going, don’t let that stop you; since fiber is more durable than copper, it needs fewer repairs. Fewer repairs mean less money spent on repairs. It also requires less hardware to operate in general, which again means fewer points of failure and fewer costs spend on repairs.
Consider also the future impact, and not just for large enterprise users but also for small businesses. With a growing number of technologies demanding bandwidth, and current technologies requiring more bandwidth, getting access to more bandwidth isn’t just a matter of convenience…it’s a matter of necessity. Here’s an analogy: video conferencing is saving piles of money that would have been spent on business travel by bringing people together in the same room. For those who bemoan that it’s not “the same” as actual face-to-face contact, consider: are the savings worth the small variation? Smaller businesses may well answer in the affirmative, as any savings are felt that much more acutely.
Some might think that waiting for wireless is the way to go; not for nothing has 5G been called “fiber without the fiber.” 5G, however, won’t be commercially available until 2020 by some reports, so what will your business do for those intervening three years? Miss out on opportunities to save money and do more? Or take the opportunity by the reins and carry on? The answer to those questions will also answer how much value fiber has for your business.
Interested in what fiber can do for your business? Contact Innovative Business Solutions today to find out.