What Other Types of Internet Connections Are There? Are They as Fast as Fiber?
The short answer: no. The other Internet connections won’t be as fast as fiber, but they are still fast Internet speeds in their own right.
First, there is DSL. DSL stands for digital subscriber line. It uses the existing phone lines running to homes to run a connection. The plus side to DSL is that, because it uses existing infrastructure, it’s widely available in most areas — even the most rural ones.
DSL connections are reliable, secure, and dedicated to your home. They are sufficient for email, browsing, and light Internet usage, at a very affordable price.
The other popular connection type is cable. Like it’s name, these fast Internet speeds run through the same coaxial cable that runs into your TV. This is typically a faster connection than DSL — until your entire neighborhood comes home to use the Internet at the same time. This system runs on a shared neighborhood hub, which also means it’s not always readily available in rural areas.
The advantages of cable, though, typically outweigh DSL — mostly when it comes to cable’s faster Internet speeds. It’s your choice for streaming video or playing any online games. You can also usually bundle it with cable TV service to make it more affordable. To learn more about your options, talk to one of our specialists at (619) 924-9995.
What’s the Fastest Internet in the World?
That’s a nuanced question with a couple of answers:
The fastest commercial-use Internet was recorded in 2014 in the UK. This connection reached speeds of 1.4 terabit per second (Tbps) or 0.175 terabyte (TB) in just one second.
At that speed you could download 44 uncompressed HD movies in one second or the entire English version text of Wikipedia in 0.06 seconds.
This trial, performed by French telecom companies Alcatel-Lucent and BT, remains the fastest trial using commercial equipment. The fiber-optic cables run underground between the BT Tower in central London and the east coast town of Ipswich.
Later that same year, researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands and the University of Central Florida were able to use their equipment to reach speeds of 255 Tbps, or 32 TBps. With speed like this, you could possibly transfer an entire terabyte of data in 0.03 seconds. You could also send that 1 GB movie of your cat attacking the vacuum cleaner in 0.03 milliseconds.
What Country Has the Fastest Internet Speed?
According to the Akamai Q1 2017 global average connections speed rankings, South Korea has the world’s fastest Internet connections at an average of 28.6 Mbps. The rankings are quite close, and the U.S. is not as high as you’d think:
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Where Should I Work to Be Able to Use the Fastest Internet Speeds?
Anywhere that uses a shadow network. Shadow networks harken back to the days when the Internet was brand new, connecting only a few research facilities and organizations around the world for the purpose of sharing huge data files from scientific experiments. For example NASA uses the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) shadow network, which has Internet speeds that can transfer 91 Gbps. That’s roughly 13,000 times faster than what you’re using in your home.
This kind of speed lets scientists instantly share information as they do groundbreaking work like map the human genome. While shadow networks won’t be coming to a living room near you anytime soon, carriers like AT&T are looking to that technology to improve already impressive commercial speeds.
How To Get Fast Internet in Your Home
The world’s fastest Internet speeds are fascinating, but there was a time where people thought a telephone in every home was out of the question. AT&T was there for that, and they’ll be here to see us all have lightning-fast Internet connections.
With the innovative advances of fiber-optic technology, the world is connecting quickly. Whether you’re ready for this kind of speed, or you’re happy with the more affordable sufficient options, AT&T and DIRECTV are ready to provide all your in-home entertainment at the speed that works for you.
Call (619) 924-9995 to talk to a qualified Internet specialist about the right way to connect your home.