Is Fiber Internet Really Better than Cable or DSL?

Fiber is fast, consistent, and comes with advantages other utilities just can't provide.

What is Fiber?

Ting Internet uses fiber optic cable to deliver service, while internet services such as Cable and DSL use copper cable from existing cable television or phone line infrastructure.

Due to the physical limitations of existing copper cable based networks, both DSL and Cable have already reached the fastest speeds it is possible for them to attain. 

The good news is there's a much better utility for your internet service needs--fiber optic cable! Fiber optic cable transfers more information faster than copper cable and is much more resilient to wear and tear.

Because it does not use existing infrastructure, the fiber utility needs to be built from the ground up and installed into your home.

That's where we come in! We're here to bring you the internet service you deserve, and once you place your order, our team will guide you throughout the process of getting Ting Fiber to your home.

Advantages of Fiber Internet

Fiber has some big advantages over both Cable and DSL internet service, including:

  1. Faster speeds
  2. Higher bandwidth
  3. Durability
  4. Symmetrical performance
  5. Future-proof technology

Let's dive more into the advantages of fiber below.

  • Fiber-optic cables transfer data via light, while Cable and DSL both use copper lines to transfer via electrical impulse. Simply put, light travels faster than electricity! Internet speeds are measured in megabits per second (Mbps). Service speeds can vary, but cable connections usually average around 200Mbps, while other services like DSL are much slower, typically averaging 12Mbps. Comparatively, a Fiber gigabit connection offers speeds up to 1000Mbps; Ting is even beginning to offer 2Gbps (2000Mbps) speeds in select locations!

    What does this mean in an actual download situation?

    Let's say you want to download a 4k (high-definition) movie with a file size of 20GB (gigabytes). Now, let's compare the average time download time depending on your connection type:

    Connection type Length of download
    Fiber (2Gbps) 2.7 minutes
    Fiber (1Gbps) 5.4 minutes
    Cable (200Mbps) 27.31 minutes
    DSL (12Mbps) 7.59 hours
  • Fiber is symmetrical. A "symmetrical" internet connection has equal upload and download speeds.

    DSL and cable internet connections are not symmetrical (they are asymmetrical). DSL/cable connections have download speeds that are around 10-50 times faster than their upload speeds.

    With asymmetrical connections like DSL and cable, your video chat sound and image quality are much worse than the quality of your video streaming. Have you frozen during a video call/meeting before? That was your slow upload speed struggling to upload your voice and video. 

    Ting gigabit fiber's symmetrical download and upload speed means even performance.

  • Fiber optic cable is resistant to physical factors that negatively affect the performance of copper cable connections.

    Heat, radiation, electromagnetism and other factors can all slow copper cable internet services down. Thanks to fiber, Ting users enjoy more stable performance overall with less network downtime for maintenance.
  • Fiber provides huge bandwidth, especially compared to cable/DSL. Think of your fiber's bandwidth as a pipe; the wider the pipe, the more information and data can move through that pipe.

    Having a gigabit of bandwidth allows for more devices to use the internet without slowing each other down. Cable and DSL connections often have slow periods during "peak hours," such as the evening, when many devices compete for bandwidth.

    Ting's fiber network was built with plenty of bandwidth to spare, keeping your connection fast all day.
  • We've established that fiber connections are fast. But fiber-optic cables can also support even faster speeds than networks are currently able to provide, preparing your home for the future.

    This means that once fiber cables are run to your home, they won't need to change as bandwidths increase and devices evolve to utilize higher speeds.

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