Fiber vs Coax: What’s The Main Difference?

Fiber internet is a technology that uses fiber optic cables to connect your business to the internet. A coax cable is primarily made of copper and transmits data through electricity.

The main difference between fiber and coax data connections is that the use of optical fiber enables higher Internet speeds than other forms of communication, such as copper wire, that drastically reduce bandwidth.

There are a number of questions to answer when determining whether your business should switch to a fiber-based data connection including:

  • Do you need symmetrical internet?
  • Do you have two locations connected by a frame relay, private line, or data T1 circuit?
  • Do you have more than one location that needs to stay connected?
  • Do you need more uptime guaranteed?
  • Does your business require a redundancy solution?
  • Do you need assurances from the company you’re doing business with?

In the section below we discuss these questions to help you determine the best data connection for your business.

Do You Need Greater Bandwidth With Symmetrical Upload and Download Speeds?

With Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) from Astound Business you’ll have a secure fiber-based connection with speeds ranging from 3 Mbps to 100 Gbps. Plus, the ability to quickly scale and increase speeds based on the needs of your business.

Do You Have Two Locations Connected By A Frame Relay, Private Line, Or Data T1 Circuit?

Ethernet solutions have evolved into an advanced networking protocol to connect farther distances and higher bandwidths. Ethernet is the technology that companies are choosing to deliver a host of benefits, both at the LAN and WAN level.

Does Your Business Have More Than One Location That Needs To Stay Connected?

Ethernet Private Line (EPL), Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL), Ethernet Local Area Network (ELAN) services are flexible, scalable, and cost-effective alternatives to traditional hub and spoke networks and can seamlessly connect multiple sites.

Do You Want More Uptime Guaranteed?

Service Level Agreements (SLAs) are included to ensure high performance and availability for mission-critical operations.

Does Your Business Require A Redundancy Solution?

A fiber-based connection provides a reliable and viable back-up line to any business that can’t afford to have their Internet connection go down — even for a minute.

Do You Want The Assurance That You’re Using The Most Advanced Services Available?

Astound Business was among one of the first carriers in the U.S. to have received the Metro Ethernet Forum’s Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (MEF CE 2.0) certification, indicating Astound’s ability to deliver today’s most advanced, reliable, and scalable Ethernet services.