This is a technology that uses glass (or plastic) threads (fibers) to transmit data. The cable consists of a bundle of glass threads, each of which is capable of transmitting messages modulated onto light waves. Over the last few years, fiber optic lines have taken over and transformed the internet industry. When fiber replaced copper and satellite transmission for Internet traffic, it dramatically lowered costs.
Modern fiber optic cables can carry a signal quite a distance -- perhaps 60 miles (100 km). On a long distance line, there is an equipment hut every 40 to 60 miles. The hut contains equipment that picks up and retransmits the signal down the next segment at full strength.
- Speed: fiber optic networks operate at high speeds (pulses of light) to the gigabits.
- Bandwidth: large carrying capacity
- Distance: Signals can be transmitted further without needing to be refreshed or strengthened (such as using repeaters)
- Resistance: Greater resistance to electromagnetic noise such as radios, motors or other nearby cables.
- Maintenance: Fiber optics cost much less to maintain because it is not damaged by rainwater
Wireless Internet does not rely on phone or cable lines. It uses Radio frequencies to send information to various towers throughout the coverage area. The information is broadcasted and received by a small microwave antenna at your site.
Advantages of Kenyaweb.com Wireless
There is no additional monthly telephone communication service fee. The service is scaled to meet your needs and you pay for what you use even though a large amount of bandwidth is available to you and hence can upgrade anytime.
This is the fastest possible way to connect to the Internet.
The service is always convenient and there are no middlemen involved.
It is more reliable than other connections.