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The fate of the Internet now linked to optical fibre

Léna Ansari
Mar 7, 2019 3:26:50 PM

In an era of exponential use, VoD, HD television and 4K, data exchanges are becoming increasingly dense and content consumption is rising. The computer is no longer the only device that allows us to access the web, since mobiles and tablets are now privileged by users. These three devices are sometimes even connected simultaneously, hence the need to offer a better Internet speed by connecting to the optical fibre.

Will ADSL technology survive ?

ADSL is a less efficient Internet access technology than optical fibre and is gradually becoming obsolete. It offers limited data rates up to 20 Mbps. VDSL technology allows access to very high speed, i.e. more than 30 Mpbs, but the eligible sites are very limited. With optic fibre, ISP are able to offer speeds much higher than 200, 500 or even 1,000 Mbps. These very easily accessible threshold allow a better connection facility.

"Every year, traffic growth on our core network increases by 30%, boosted by the increase in usage and the growth of our customer base. ADSL remains an additional technology that allows us to equip certain customers whose sites are of medium size or not eligible for optical fibre, we still have a large proportion of ADSL links in our fleet."  David Berkowicz, Wifirst CTO

Professional optic fibre offers the highest Internet speed

Optic fibre makes it possible to transmit data at the speed of light and to provide a very high bandwidth. At a time when the quality of the Internet connection is an issue for both customer satisfaction and employee productivity, professional optic fibre (FTTO) is the ideal solution for companies looking for performance. FTTO technology is a dedicated point-to-point fiber with symmetrical and guaranteed speed. An undeniable productivity lever for professionals, FTTO optic fibre (business fibre) has become a new standard for absorbing brandwidth-intensive uses!

With a reception rate (download or downlink rate) up to 50 times faster than the best ADSL connection, optical fiber allows you to watch movies in HD streaming and in just a few seconds download videos and photos. Likewise in transmission (upload or upload rate), fibre makes it possible to send large files or save data on the Cloud at a fast speed.

"Since the creation of our core network in 2011, we have been gradually converting our customers to optic fibre solutions. Currently, on the entire Wifirst network, 67% of the connected sites are connected using FTTO with symmetrical and guaranteed throughput. This represents more than 85% of the traffic on our network. A figure that will continue to increase in the coming years. We anticipate that fibre will account for more than 99% of traffic on the Wifirst network by 2025. We are making a constant effort to resize our infrastructures in order to support future traffic peaks in the order of 1Tbit/s in download (today we are reaching 150 Gbit/s)" David Berkowicz, Wifirst CTO


SVoD platforms adapt to your Internet connection 

SvoD fans can be reassured that Netflix take into account the quality of your bandwidth to allow you to view its content in the best conditions. Whether you are connected via ADSL or fibre optic, the platforms allows you to enjoy its programs through adaptive streaming. 3 Mbps would allow the user a comfortable reception to provide good video quality. Of course optical fibre is strongly recommended to enjoy HD or Ultra HD (4K).

FTTH pro a new and more economical alternative

Regulations will now allow us to sell FTTH (consumer fibre) for professionals. This alternative, which is more economical than FTTO (enterprise fibre), will make it possible to address a new market in search of a less efficient solution than FTTO, although it is more economical. For some institutions, the FTTO may still represent an excessive investment.

If you are not yet connected with optic fibre, do not hesitate to contact us so that we can examine your eligibility!

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