Ed Lieber

Ed Lieber Ed Lieber is a staff writer for Small Business Trends. He is a journalist and marketing copywriter with 20 years of experience writing, editing and managing for print and digital vehicles.

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  1. While the preferred combination for future is optical fibre and wireless, this can work only if wireless segment is scalable and provides contention free access.

  2. The reality is, is that our telecommunication system is rubbish and over congested and so that is why the NBN was though up but NBN co, will use existing infrastructure such as the Telstras HFC and copper wires compared to the “fiber to the node – which is the only way the consumer will get reliable and competitive pricing”.

  3. I’m sticking with fiber optic for much reliable and stronger connection.

  4. I like the advantage of fiber-optic speed compared to copper that you mentioned. I have an office that is planning on rewiring its cables. I hope they choose the fastest option. It seems that more and more people want speed more than anything. Hopefully, the speed and new wiring will add to the productivity of our team.

  5. whether phone connection is required for fibre internet.

  6. When Bell Fibre Optic to WIFI reached my building in Sherbrooke, Quebec in September 2015, I became increasingly sick, finally worked out a possible source of the problem, and called an electrician who told me not to spend more than 3 hours at a time in my apartment. I am a researcher, and use cable in my computer – it is the neighbor’s wifi that has made me very, very sick. I am now called ‘electro-sensitive, but from what I have read, every body is affected – mine just has a very acute warning system! BEWARE.

  7. The speed of transmission over copper is not the same as the speed of electrons. Information is propagated along copper cables the same way it is on fiber, electromagnetic radiation. Thus, the speed of information on copper is comparable to fiber. The difference is the amount of information…the rate that is, data/time. I just wanted to clear that up…

    • Thank you for correcting that. I was reading this article to my boyfriend who is a physicist who specializes in optoelectronics. As soon as I read that part of the article he asked me. who wrote this because it contained incorrect information. I was curious to see if anyone in comments had picked it up, and we were happy to see someone had!

  8. For small businesses that rely heavily on the internet, this is good to know. I have always wondered what the difference between these transmission methods were, so it’s definitely good to know. Thanks for sharing!

  9. All said and done. South Africans have HAD to move to Fiber or Wireless as Copper Theft in our country is out of control.
    The Government has laid down the law with Scrap Yards THEY MAY NOT BUY COPPER “PERIOD”. If they are found with Copper on their premises and do not have a licence they are marched off to jail.
    Companies in South Africa have major problems with “downtime” and it has affected business badly.
    Copper was initially brought out to deal mainly with telephone systems then eventually used on ADSL Lines and Telephones. Can you imagine the havoc the theft of Copper caused to Business in South Africa?
    All that is now required in South Africa is to design an Electricity Supply system whereby the cables cannot be spliced and pulled to the other side of the road illegally, the electricity thieves take their lives into their own hands doing something this outrageous, however they continue to do so even though people are found dead daily through electrocution.? This will be an excellent business and investment incentive to any budding entrepreneur.

  10. Hi Ed, I want to know where do you find information about speed of eletrons in cooper cable, can you share that references please?
    Prince C.

  11. I currently use a wireless communications network, and I have a ping of about 650, but it can jump to over 800 if I have used all of my wireless data and am on my Liberty Plan, or if there is overcast. Before then I had a copper based network, witch had a normal ping of about 700, but it would never go near as high as the wireless provider. The provider that offers the copper line is now upgrading to fiber optic, do you think that fiber optic will be a better choice than wireless? Or do you think that it will not be able to assist me in my situation?

  12. They way people have started consuming data, Fiber Optics is the future of communication. We now have smart TVs and watch 4K or 8K content. Fiber can deliver what we need.

  13. Fiber optic is the best for company and family, 4G is the best for the business person and the copper is worst for every body. Don’t use copper. Your internet connection will slow.

  14. I’m glad this article talked about the speed of fiber optic compared to copper cables. I’ve been thinking about switching to fiber optic, because the data I send to my brother takes a while to get there. I might start looking to switch to fiber optic if it transfers information a lot faster.

  15. Copper – 2.3 × 108 m/s
    Fiber – 2.0 × 108 m/s
    So while it might be a bit faster it’s definitely not .03C vs .73C and there is no sense in statement that fiber optic cable is sturdier than copper. Fiber optic is spun glass.

    Just my .02

  16. Ramnarayan Natarajan

    I have been using copper broadband which comes with a fixed line phone for years. Provided by the government and the plan now which I am on is 16mbps upto 100gb and beyond that 2mbps speed. They charge me USD 42.50 monthly.

    I’m very unhappy with the cost and the speed. So I’m choosing a private company who is offering me 125mbps speed upto 500gb and beyond that 1mbps speed. Fiber cable. one time payment for installation is USD 17.26 and for router is USD 42.38 and monthly plan is at USD 27.76 only.

    Let’s see.

  17. Working in the industry myself I can see the future being a underlying Fiber layer and last mile (last couple of miles) Fixed-Wireless delivery to the end customer for most scenarios. The cost, speed of install and overall scalability and maintainability of the Fixed Wireless networks are greater than Fiber and in the recent years the reliability and speed you can achieve on these networks is on par if not better than Fiber itself.

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