- What is fibre internet?
Fibre internet allows you to surf the web via glass filament-filled fibre-optic connections. Lasers and light signals are used to transmit data across those wires.
- How far does the fibre go?
A decent FTTH service will not only terminate at the front door but will also be carried throughout the house. It will also come with a Wi-Fi router similar to the ones that come with ADSL services; larger homes will typically require more than one Wi-Fi router or booster to ensure that coverage is available where it is needed.
- What amount of data will I get?
Capped and uncapped services are frequently offered by fibre providers, but what does this mean? Consumers can only use a certain amount of data using capped services. When the data limit, or ‘cap,’ is reached, the consumer will have no more data to use and will need to ‘top-up.’ The consumer will then be given more data, but at expensive prices, and will be charged for every megabyte of data used over their cap. Uncapped plans give unlimited data, but consumers must be aware of the fair usage policy included in their contract to ensure that their expectations are met.
- Do I have fibre internet coverage in my area?
Well, we do not have the answer to this question. However, all you have to do is a quick google search. For example, if you are from Malaysia and your internet service provider is Unifi, then you can search ‘Unifi fibre coverage area.’
- Is everything installed by the fibre internet supplier, or is it a do-it-yourself project?
Wi-Fi routers are sometimes offered, however, installation is not included. In this scenario, the user must confirm that they are capable of installing and connecting the Wi-Fi router to the fibre. It is frequently preferable to work with a fibre supplier that will take care of this for you, eliminating potentially costly mistakes and saving you time.
- How do I keep track of my data usage?
FTTH providers must be able to provide transparency into their customers’ data usage, preferably via an internet portal. Consumers can control how much data they use, what they use it for, and how often they pull reports in this way. Let’s say you run a business through a website, then you might use a lot of data. At the very least, providers must give monthly reports to their clients.
- How many types of fibre internet is there?
Fibre internet comes in three varieties, and not all of them are created equal.
1. Fibre to the home or premises (FTTH or FTTP) refers to an internet connection that is delivered directly to your home. If your home isn’t already wired for fibre, your ISP may need to build holes or dig close to connect you. The holy grail of fibre connections is this.
2. Fibre to the curb (FTTC) refers to a connection that is made to a nearby pole or utility box rather than a concrete curb. Coaxial wires will then transmit signals from the “curb” to your home. This indicates that part of your connection is made up of fibre optic cables and the portion is made up of copper wires.
3. Within a one-mile radius of the node, fibre to the node or neighbourhood (FTTN) provides a fibre connection to hundreds of consumers. The last connection from the node to your home is usually a DSL line that connects to your home’s existing telephone or cable lines. This is where things get tough with FTTN fibre internet. The longer the DSL connection must be to reach your home, the more attenuation and distortion you will experience, resulting in slower internet.