How fiber optic internet works

For many towns, Ting represents the first experience of fiber optic internet. Traditional copper internet from cable or dial-up has always come with limitations and pitfalls, and fiber internet offers a genuine change of pace. Instead of being a re-worked picture of the same old infrastructure, Ting fiber can be thought of as a brand-new utility coming to your home, delivering the internet the way it was meant to be experienced.

How fiber works

Transmitting data over fiber

Fiber optic internet works by firing pulses of light across the glass strands. Each strand has a coating, which ensures that light has nowhere to go except across the strand. Light is an extremely efficient method of sending data from point A to point B, and glass is the best medium for that light to travel across.


All the way to your door

There are two sorts of fiber networks that can be found across the country—Fiber to the home (FTTH) and fiber to the node (FTTN).

Most fiber internet is fiber to the node, which means you don't get fiber cables run all the way to your home. Their fiber only goes to a neighborhood cabinet or junction. Ting Internet offers genuine fiber to the home, which means our fiber cables run all the way to your home, giving you a pure fiber pathway from the town's central office.

Many ISPs boast about a fiber network that actually has you on copper between your home and some other point. Ting gives you a true fiber network from end to end, so you can be confident that you're getting the best fiber experience.

Fiber vs. copper 

Physical differences

Fiber offers many benefits over copper. Copper cabling is useful for many things, but it's subject to factors that fiber isn't. Fiber isn't as affected as copper by environmental elements such as heat, radiation, electromagnetism, and other factors.

Fiber needs to be run in a fairly straight line, making it more expensive to build a network from scratch. However, fiber's resiliency over time requires less physical maintenance and degrades far slower than copper. For Ting users, this means less network downtime for maintenance and more stable performance overall.

The new standard

There was a terrible time when our phone lines handled our internet service and trying to make a call while someone was checking emails got you an earful of digital shrieking!

Our telephone lines were the first utility to carry our internet and cable. The existing copper infrastructure in many of our towns got the job of carrying the internet because it was simply there. Including internet service on top of phone and cable services was an option and didn't require any additional construction.

While expensive to construct, fiber optic internet is the right tool for delivering fast, reliable service. Fiber is how the internet should be delivered, and fiber networks are developing rapidly across North America. Check to see if Ting is bringing a fiber network to your neighborhood!

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