What is an ultra fast broadband network?

An ultra fast broadband network is made up of fiber optic cables that can upload and download at least 300 megabytes per second (Mbps) of information — meaning that data can fly along such networks. Ultra broadband networks based on fiber optic cables are the cornerstone of agile, digitalized and sustainable societies because they overcome the limitations of traditional copper cable networks.


How does ultra fast broadband work?


Each cable is made up of bundled optical fibers. One optical fiber can carry 90,000 television channels and 3 million voice calls. It can also carry light over very long distances without distorting the signal. Ultra broadband internet access is therefore a lot faster with fiber optic than with traditional broadband. For example, an ultra broadband network makes it possible to share vast amounts of data in real time — facilitating rapid data transfer in smart cities, businesses and homes.


What is the difference between broadband and fiber?


The difference between broadband and fiber resides in the underlying technology. Traditional broadband networks send data signals in the form of electrical pulses through copper cables, while fiber optic cables are made of glass and transmit data signals in the form of light pulses. As well, fiber optic cables don't conduct electricity, so there are no issues with ground loops or lightning strikes.


Enel X’s ultra broadband services


Enel X offers a number of ultra broadband connectivity services for cities and businesses. Enel X with its subsidiary Ufinet owns a far-reaching network of more than 70,000 kilometers of dark fiber cable installed across Latin America. Enel X ultra broadband services include Direct Cloud Connectivity to unlock the power of high speed communications through an ultra fast broadband connection.

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