By Justin Collins
Fiber Technology Is Finally Here!
In the last couple months Converge ICT subscribers may have noticed several short outages that occurred, especially over the holidays while most people were being bombarded with greetings from friends and family from all over the world.
Many customers may not have realized that those late night outages were sustained as a part of a bigger plan to increase bandwidth speeds for areas spread throughout Pampanga. Thankfully, Angeles City is at the forefront of this new service.
Converge launched it’s new FiberX packages last year. If you don’t know about fiber technology, allow us to enlighten you…
What Is Fiber Technology?
Fiber optics is a bundle of long glass (silica) tubes known in the industry as fiber optic wires. These little things are about as thin and small as a human hair!
Once these cables are installed fiber can be brought to a central server, and then on to your home or office. This allows local internet providers like Converge to bounce signals across the globe at the speed of light, and as such, customers also get to take advantage of this technology by simply subscribing.
Unlike conventional metal wiring, fiber optics experience less data loss over greater distances. Glass is less susceptible to erosion due to environmental factors, and as a conductor of data it is not affected by electromagnetic interference.
In lay mans terms, imagine the outdated internet traffic we have grown accustomed to as being a bumpy road that narrows and widens throughout a road trip, with many slow cars entering or exiting the road, toll gates galore, and speed limits constantly changing.
As compared to the road that fiber optic builds; fiber is a wider, smoother highway, with incredibly fast speed limits, allowing more sports cars to cruise down the road, entering and exiting with ease while you drive.
Fiber enjoys a term in the industry known a “symmetric connectivity” - this means the end user has the ability to download and upload from the internet without a loss in bandwidth, with speeds that are consistently about 10x faster than DSL or Cable internet.
Would you rather take a road trip in a Jeepney or would you prefer a brand new Ferrari? You choose.
What Has Converge Improved On Recently?
Converge understands the infrastructure needed to increase capacity and has placed more than 6,600 kilometers of fiber optics nationwide, expanding their connectivity to major internet ports such as the USA and Hong Kong.
They have vastly improved their customer relations and technical support teams, which is making it increasingly easier to reach out to them to ask questions regarding your account, or report technical difficulties.
Customers can register their mobile number with Converge, who now send out text message updates regarding the connectivity of the bandwidth in your area. When it is subject to delay, scheduled outages due to upgrades, and things of this nature, Converge will inform you. This is a nice ancillary benefit to have when you know you need to be online.
On the cable programming side, Converge has added 15 high definition channels in the 200+ channel range. When compared side by side with standard definition, high definition television is much more clear, and the colors are more vivid. If you’re an audiovisual snob like myself, once you go to high definition you won’t want to go back!
Check To See Which Services Are Available In Your Area
It isn’t uncommon for people to subscribe to a particular bundled internet and cable television package and become complacent, not realizing that there are many new technologies plying their way into our neighborhoods.
If you haven’t checked for Converge fiber in your area, I would highly recommend you look into it. The price difference is negligible; but the uptick in internet speeds will definitely make going online a lot more fun.
For more information stop by the local Converge office or visit http://convergeict.com/home/fiberx