There’s no debate about the serious advancements and improvements that fiber optic technology has made to internet and streaming services. Fiber tv, phone, and internet technology is vastly superior to the available speeds of a normal coaxial copper cable, and you would be hard-pressed to find someone that disagreed.
However, it’s important to understand the differences between FTTN (Fiber To The Node) and FTTP (Fiber To The Premises) (or FTTH) systems that a variety of different companies deploy. This answer is relatively straightforward, and makes sense for the average consumer.
For instance, let’s say that you’re trying to attend an Auburn University football game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. However, in this hypothetical scenario, everyone is riding their bicycle. Traveling by bicycle is significantly faster and potentially less tiring than walking on foot/running. So, all the fans are able to make it to the stadium quicker than they would otherwise. However, once arriving at the stadium, everyone has to hop off their bikes and walk in like normal.
If you’ve ever been to a college football game, then you know that the stadium entrances are natural funnels. Not only that, but the entryway from the gates to the actual seats are another funnel. The people that all arrived at the stadium are still stuck waiting in the funnel of the lines to get into the stadium, and are also still stuck trying to get through the narrows tunnels to their seats. Although it was faster to get to the stadium, it still took a long time to actually get seated and enjoy the game.
This is a great example for how FTTN systems work with fiber technology. Every neighborhood or complex has a “node,” where the internet/tv/phone provider goes to. From that node, each residence branches off and goes into the residence or “premises,” with standard copper cable. Although the “fiber-rich” system is nice to get the signal sooner to the neighborhood, for a user or viewer to actually get the data, it has to go through the funnel past the node, and into the home.
In the end, an FTTN system must go through the same funnel that a non-fiber system would go through, which thereby limits the speed potential.
At Opelika Power, our OPS ONE services aren’t to the node, but straight to the premises. We deployed an FTTP system that allows our customers actual fiber technology that can make a measurable difference in reliability, speed, and clarity. If you’re curious about television, phone, or internet services in Opelika, be sure to ask your potential provider if their fiber network is all the way to the house, or just to the node. Don’t be fooled by “fiber” video, voice, and data companies that only offer an FTTN network. Demand the best technology available for your home or business around today.
We at Opelika Power are committed to offering MORE than just the standards that are out there today. We want Opelika to not just improve, but to thrive! It’s this mindset that got us to go down the trail of installing our own fiber infrastructure that so many of us enjoy today, and it’s this mindset that keeps us going for tomorrow. The OPS ONE services are made to be the best of the best in terms of quality and reliability. We are dedicated to that mantra, and to keeping our home-town feel with big-city service.