Fiber

  • I’m building a new home, what type of wiring do I need for my house to be fiber ready?

    You need to have at least Cat 5 wiring to be able to have fiber running into your house.

  • Will fiber change how my current All West services work?

    If you are a high-speed internet customer with All West, you will no longer need a modem. Better yet, your internet speed will most likely increase due to more bandwidth availability.

    I’m building a new home, what type of wiring do I need for my house to be fiber prove?

    You need to have at least Cat 5 wiring to be able to have fiber running into your house.

  • What are the benefits of Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH)?

    FTTH will provide many benefits to All West customers, including:

    • More Bandwidth

    Fiber has the capability to transport virtually unlimited bandwidth. This will accommodate today’s demand for high-speed internet connections as well as the advanced applications of tomorrow. The closer the fiber is to a home or business, the more bandwidth will be available for the end user.

    • Greater Reliability

    Fiber-optic cables are less susceptible to glitches than traditional copper wires and can withstand the shock and vibration from inclement weather.

    • Future Flexibility

    FTTH is considered “future proof” and offers the flexibility to deliver additional services in the years to come.

    • Cost Efficiency

    Fiber-optic cable can be made for less than the equivalent length of copper wire and is more durable. Although the FTTH project requires expenditures now, it will save All West money in the future while keeping us at the forefront of technology.

    • Added Value

    In addition to bringing you great communication services, the FTTH Council released a study showing access to fiber-delivered internet boosts home values by up to 3.1 percent (http://www.ftthcouncil.org/blog/study-shows-home-values-up-3.1-with-access-to-fiber). But more importantly people just want fast, reliable broadband service.​

  • What about satellite? Most people have that choice, don’t they?

    Satellite offers video, of course, but it cannot offer robust broadband internet service because the subscriber can only download the signal. Upload is normally provided through the subscriber’s telephone lines, which limits transmission speeds for user generated content.

  • What is optical fiber?

    Optical fiber is a hair-thin strand of glass, specially designed to trap and transmit light pulses. The fiber uses light instead of electricity to carry a signal. It is unique because it can carry high bandwidth signals over long distances without signal degradation, and it can provide those signals simultaneously in both directions – upload and download. Copper media can also carry high bandwidth, but only for a few hundred yards – after which the signal begins to degrade and bandwidth narrows.

    Optical fiber has been used in communications networks for more than 35 years, mostly to carry core telecom traffic from city to city or country to country.​​

  • What is fiber to the home?

    Fiber to the home (FTTH) is the delivery of a communications signal over optical fiber from the operator’s switching equipment all the way to a home or business, thereby replacing existing copper infrastructure such as telephone wires or coaxial cable. Fiber to the home is a relatively new and fast growing method of providing vastly higher bandwidth to consumers and businesses, and thereby enabling more robust video, internet and voice services.​​

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