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Everything you ever wanted to know about fiber optics

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All about Fibre Optics

Fiber optic is the future of Internet connectivity. If your enterprise depends on a complex internal infrastructure or has multiple locations, Openface Internet has customized solutions for you. Here are some questions and answers that will help you find out what you need to know about fiber optic. We do not expect our Web site has the answer to each one of your questions so please contact one of our expert to learn more about what fiber optic can do for your enterprise.

What is fiber optics?
Made of glass or a special plastic fiber, fibre optic cables are the backbone of the fastest and most reliable Internet connectivity technology available.

What is dark fiber?
Dark fiber means dormant fiber optic cabling. Openface can deploy a dark fiber network that is ready to get activated and managed by your IT department as the need arises.

How does fiber optic compare to DSL?
Depending on the service level, fiber optic can be up to 1000 times faster than DSL. Fiber optics has no practical degradation and fibre optic cables can transmit data over very large distances. Click here to view more feature differences.

What does full duplex mean?
Fiber optic is always in full duplex mode which means that download and upload operations each have a dedicated channel. DSL operates in half duplex which means that download and upload operations share the same channel.

Is the fiber optic connection shared?
No, contrary to other types of cable connections, you have a dedicated fiber optic connection. Therefore your bandwidth is not shared and the speed of your connection is not affected by the network traffic of other enterprises in your vicinity.

Does Openface Internet offer fiber optic connections for residences?
No, we dedicate ourselves to serving enterprises.

If several employees are connected at the same time, is connection speed impacted?
No, fiber optic connections provided by Openface Internet deliver consistently high speed even during peak hours et when many people are using the Internet simultaneously.

Why is it important that my connection be fast when uploading as well as when downloading data?
Today, most of the information we share with business partners, employees and suppliers is either stored in large files or requires large bandwidth. Examples are promotional videos, diagrams and plans, video conference, test results in clinics and hospitals, image transfers, online training and VoIP. If your employees must wait while content is being transferred, you are not operating your enterprise at peak efficiency.

How do download times compare between DSL and fiber optics?

Media type and length Size approx DOWNLOAD TIME
DSL Fiber optics
5Mbps 10Mbps 20Mbps 100Mbps 1Gbps 10Gbps
4-minutes song 4 MB 5s 3s 1.5s 0.3s 0.03s 0.003s
5-minutes video 30 MB 40s 26s 13s 2.5s 0.2s 0.02s
9-hours audio book 110 MB 2m 1.5m 46s 9.2s 0.9s 0.09s
45-minutes TV Episode 200 MB 5m 3m 1.5m 16s 1.7s 0.17s
45-minutes HDTV Episode 600 MB 15m 8.5m 4m 50s 5s 0.5s
2-hours Movie 1.0-1.5 GB 24m 21.5m 10.5m 1.5m 8s 0.8s
2-hours HD Movie 3.0-4.5 GB 72m 60m 32m 4.5m 25s 2.5s

What other services does Openface Internet offer with fiber optics Internet connections?
OpenFace Internet offers several other services such as remote backup, network monitoring, VoIP and hosting services. Our data centers can host servers for fail over or disaster recovery purposes. We can also setup a private cloud for your business.

Why choose optic fiber for my business?
Your employees are the key to your enterprise’s productivity. Here is why you should consider switching to a fiber optic Internet connection :

• Higher download and upload speeds for all types of files;
• More responsive interactions with Internet content;
• Large data files transmitted in record time;
• Ability to use multiple bandwidth hungry applications simultaneously;
• Ability to leverage a private cloud;
• Ability to use voice-over-IP (VoIP)

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