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While there are certainly challenges, the majority of ISP’s already implementing fiber optic technology in varying degrees. The challenge, as outlined in a previous article, is the market perception that end-to-end fiber optic connections are superior and necessary for an optimal end-user experience. While there is no doubting that fiber optic connections offer dramatically improved bandwidth, will the average consumer see a benefit? This is something where individual consumers need to consider their own habits.
By 2017, according to Business Insider, the average individual with an internet connection will own 5 devices that connect to the internet. If you look around your office, you’ll see the usual suspects: desktops, laptops, smartphones and tablets. As you enter the connected home, other devices begin to pop-up. Smart TV’s, video streaming hardware (Apple TV, Amazon Echo, Roku, etc.), and the smart tech that is ushering in the Internet of Things (IoT) all represent an exponential increase in the number of devices we use in our daily lives that rely on internet connections.
According to VentureBeat, “Streaming services now account for over 70% of peak traffic in North America, Netflix dominates with 37%”. As consumers begin to purchase more and more internet-connected devices, the battle for bandwidth will continue to heat up. For consumers and businesses, the upgrade to fiber optic technology isn’t a necessity for individual connections, but it’s critical to supporting multiple internet-connected devices through a single connection. Consumers will absolutely see a benefit from end-to-end fiber optic technology in terms of connection quality and speed if they have multiple devices in use throughout the home or office environment.