The most efficient businesses are constantly pressed for time, with upper management often finding themselves struggling to find time to troubleshoot network-related issues. With technology becoming more and more convoluted and difficult to understand, it is no wonder that so many businesses wish that they did not have to worry about network problems and administration.
While it is impossible to do away with network-related issues and troubleshooting completely, there are methods and best practices to reduce the number of problems a business will need to deal with. One of the most efficient of these is to install a GPON network. GPON offers various benefits to companies with little or no time to spare when it comes to their network, some of which we will cover below, starting with a quick summary of GPON and fiber optic cables.
As far as networks go, no other network is as fast or efficient as GPON. A GPON, or a gigabyte passive optical network, is the leading passive optical network currently available. They utilize fiber optic cables to deliver information both effectively and quickly.
The core of all fiber optic cables is made up of an extremely thin strand of glass, which allows a signal to transmit both quicker and over longer distances than any other form of cabling available.
Around the glass strand, there are a few other materials that hold it together. Surrounding the core is a layer of cladding, which reflects light back into the core. This helps the core transmit data quicker and over longer distances. Around the cladding is a synthetic material known as Kelvar. Since Kelvar is a tensile material that can be bent and stretched, the cables can resist damage when moved. Finally, the Kevlar is wrapped with a jacket (also known as the cable's sheathing) to help prevent outside elements from damaging the cabling.
Beyond the fiber optic cables themselves, there are also materials used to connect the cabling. Immediately connected to the fiber optic cable is a plastic (or rubber) piece called the boot. The boot's primary purpose is to support the cable and the connector to prevent breaks and strain on the cabling. As its name implies, the connector is the end of the cable that is plugged into network equipment. The tip of the connector, known as the ferrule, is used for precision alignment when plugged into equipment.
There are numerous reasons why businesses with very little free time should consider investing in a GPON for their company. Here are some of the top reasons to consider.
One significant aspect of fiber optic cabling is that they are immune to electromagnetic interference, affecting traditional copper wire cables. Electromagnetic interference can reduce the efficiency of a business’s network or, potentially, cause network outages.
Because of this lack of interference, businesses with fiber optic cabling will not experience this significant annoyance. This will allow them to continue working without the lurking threat of their network slowing down at peak business hours.
GPON is incredibly fast, especially when compared to standard copper cable networks. At its maximum transmission speed, data can download at a rate of 2.4888 gigabits per second.
To put this perspective: In the Philippines, the average speed of fixed internet connections was 31.44 megabits per second and 22.5 megabits for mobile internet connections in December of 2020. For clarity, 1 gigabit is equal to 1,000 megabits.
This means that, at its maximum download speed, GPON is almost 80 times faster than the average internet connection plugged in via an ethernet cable and over 110 times faster than a wireless connection! Based on these statistics, it is clear why GPON is so highly effective as a network.
In short: your business can feel comfortable knowing that it will not need to worry about experiencing slow network speeds. This will cause your business not to troubleshoot why download speeds are stalling, why audio is muffled on phone calls, why web pages are loading slowly, and so on.
The fiber optic cables used in a GPON network are not only cheaper to purchase than traditional copper wire cables, but they also take up a fraction of the amount of space.
As a result, it is easier to perform efficient wire management for these cables than for copper wire cables. This makes it great for installing new cabling and administering existing cabling.
As far as network stability is concerned, GPON is more effective than copper wire networks. Due to using an optical distribution network (ODN), network bandwidth is effectively distributed to each device in equal amounts.
In other words, network load balancing will not be a problem, as no users will have any issues with network traffic. This will not only keep your employees happy but will ensure that no one is forced to troubleshoot why network slowdown is occurring.
Getting a GPON network installed is a wise idea for any business with little to no time to manage its network. However, installing it from scratch is not something any average company should attempt.
Fortunately, we at House of I.T are an IT consulting firm specializing in GPON architecture, GPON design, and installation of GPON. We can help you install the network and ensure it is optimized to reach its maximum potential.
If you are interested in implementing or switching to GPON, we encourage you to contact us to see if GPON would be a good fit for your business. We hope to hear from you!