Know This About Shared vs. Dedicated Fiber

One of the biggest buzzwords in IT is fiber internet, and for good reason. Between all the benefits of speed and reliability, fiber internet has proven to be a game-changer for supporting critical business operations.

However, few providers have clearly outlined the information small business owners should know to make an effective decision — or understand what they’re buying.

And what’s one of the biggest details typically glossed over? Shared vs. dedicated fiber.

Let’s go over everything you need to know about these two different types of fiber internet. We’ll first review what shared fiber and dedicated fiber are so you can later make the right choice for your business.

What Is Shared Fiber Internet?

Put simply, shared internet provides bandwidth up to a specific level, which is shared across all users. Although bandwidth is commonly confused with internet speed, bandwidth is solely the volume of data transmitted over an internet connection in a given amount of time. The units are typically expressed as megabits per second (Mbps).

For example, your business and a neighboring business use the same fiber internet provider. You both pay for the same shared fiber plan, which means you’re using your portion of the allocated bandwidth.

Businesses on a shared fiber network should always have a firewall in place.

What Is Dedicated Fiber Internet?

Dedicated fiber internet is a type of internet service that uses fiber optic cables to provide a dedicated and exclusive connection to a user. This means the connection is not shared with other users, resulting in faster and more reliable speeds.

Dedicated fiber internet is often used by businesses that require high-speed and high-bandwidth internet connections for activities such as video conferencing, large file transfers, and online transactions.

The Pros and Cons of Shared and Dedicated Fiber

You’re probably wondering whether shared fiber or dedicated fiber is better for your business. Well, consider this.

In contrast to shared fiber, dedicated fiber provides a guaranteed bandwidth around the clock. Shared fiber is typically less of an expense than dedicated fiber, making it a tempting option for smaller businesses.

However, a downside of shared fiber, one that many business leaders may not realize, is that during surges in internet usage, subscribers will receive far less bandwidth since the bandwidth is shared through a single cable with other users in the area.

But with dedicated fiber, if a business subscribes to 100 Mbps, users will always have access to 100 Mbps regardless of peak traffic periods. This is because the connection between your business and the web is private. Internet uptime is a huge factor in productivity and profitability — and a top reason why so many organizations are happy to invest in dedicated fiber.

Dedicated Fiber For Your Business

Even though dedicated fiber typically costs more than shared fiber, we think it’s a worthwhile investment. Here are the reasons why many small to medium-sized businesses still choose to have dedicated internet access.

1. Reliable Power and Speed

As previously mentioned, dedicated fiber guarantees that a certain level of bandwidth is solely reserved for your business. That means internet speed won’t seesaw through the day depending on usage, even if there are multiple downloads and uploads happening at the same time.

And as long as the fiber internet is symmetrical, bandwidth will still be guaranteed to be the same for both downloads and uploads. Shared fiber typically has upload speeds that are much slower than download speeds, but fast upload speeds are vital for businesses with a large number of cloud apps, VoIP technology, and remote users.

2. Increased IT productivity

A dedicated internet connection will free your IT team from the mire of day-to-day network management. Instead, they can focus on the projects more deserving of their time and skills and support initiatives that will move the company forward. Increased tech productivity and internal bandwidth, so to speak, opens up room to grow.

3. Room to Grow

Speaking of room to grow, one of the most significant advantages of dedicated fiber is that it is highly scalable. A dedicated connection means your connectivity is limitless and, as you add more team members or need more bandwidth for upgraded applications, there’s always room to grow. With shared networks, the reality of “outgrowing” your connection is always a consideration as you plan for the future.

Get Dedicated Fiber With Fuse.Cloud

Fuse.Cloud is the premier VoIP and fiber internet service provider for thousands of customers across many industries. Our proven IT solution also offers Managed Networking, Firewall Services, and Desktop/Server stack solutions for protecting your infrastructure. And it’s all wrapped in our 24/7/365 support.

Contact us today and let’s discuss which fiber option can help your business become resilient in today’s competitive landscape.

March 1, 2022

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