In my last blog “Will Fibre Optics Coming to Home” I was wondering will the fibre optics infrastructure will be available to our Malaysian home. As we know fibre optics has been use widely in the backbone cable infrastructure and some business application but has not been available to home use. Finally the wait is over as we will be able to install new fibre optic link in our home as an option packages offered by Telekom Malaysia in the new Unifi packages launched last Wednesday.
Our normal telephone jack and computer network uses copper cabling to transfer data via electrical pulses. Copper cabling has been a standard for data transmission for many years. The maximum speed is up to 100Mbps.
What is Fibre Optic Cable?
Fibre Optic Cable is long thin strands of very pure glass or plastic about the diameter of a human hair. They are arranged in bundles called optical cables and used to transmit light signals for communications over long distances. It uses light pulses to transmit data and not electrical pulses. Light in a fiber optic cable travels through it by constantly bouncing off the cladding. The speed of transmission can be up to 1000Mbps or 1Gbps.
The advantage of using Fibre Optics is less expensive in cost in long run and able to enjoy 20 times faster in Internet browsing and able to watch high definition data live download without interruption. The ability to transmit voice, data and video (IPTV and Video-On-Demand) in the same cable infrastructure is the future for home technology.
In Malaysia there are currently only two internet service providers that offer the fibre optics broadband packages. Time dotCom offered Time Fibre Broadband a 10Mbps packages launched early this year and Telekom Malaysia with the Unify Fibre Optics Broadband packages offer up to 20Mbps packages launched last Wednesday.
I will definitely upgrade to fibre optics broadband packages once it is available in Puchong.