My life evolved as I experience a different phase of the internet that grew up along with me. Internet, as we know, today is nothing comparable to the good old days where it is seen as a luxury of life.
My first experience :
My first exposure to the internet was early days in the 90s. We needed a modem and telephone line, RJ45 jacked into the modem that supports max bandwidth of 56.6kbps. Whereas the telephone line only supports a max of 6-8kbps and when digital tone dialing came along it supported up to 28.8kbps.
The manufacturer marketed well that modem “does make things go faster.” But in reality, it does not. It depends on the line, and its capacity to support higher bandwidth relies more on cable or phone company infrastructure.
While using the phone lines will be engaged and cannot be used for making calls nor receiving a call. It puts a lot of disadvantages during those days where landlines are seen as god’s gift of communication to humanity.
Next comes the new technology where everyone wants it badly for their homes, which is called the always-on DSL connection. It comes with basic bandwidth of 64kbps and does not need to do the dialing into the phone numbers to get connected to the internet. Phone lines won’t be affected, and you can independently use this, later it got upgraded with speeds like 128/256/512/1024. When you hit 1024, its referred to the next table of units. In this case 1024kbps= 1Mbps. 1Mbps is like a magic number or celebrity status or A-lister in Hollywood slang.
During these days we heard from our outside contacts from many developed countries where they say that 1Mbps is nothing and many claims that minimum speed they get is somewhere around 10Mbps or 100Mbps like countries like South Korea or Romania.
The days of envying are over today, but still, they are ahead of us in terms of speed and latency.
Now since there is a lot of talk about bandwidth and speeds and technology of the past, let’s look at things like latency where the real power and speed are. Bandwidth and latency are 2 different things. Many think that bandwidth is the one that delivers speed, however, it is not the case.
Lets put it in examples:
Latency is the actual speed; how long does it take to ping from your location to another location, that is the speed.
How BIG the data you can ping whenever you send a package in the shortest time possible that is the bandwidth
A bus can take a lot of people however it is not faster to reach from point A to point B.
Imagine if we can use something like Bus but it travels Faster than Ferrari
That’s what the Fibre optic network does. it delivers shorter latency while enabling you to send a larger package at the same time.
First, when I heard about Fibre optic cables and network infrastructure, that was only exclusive to enterprise solutions and for Big banks and businesses. For many years it was seen as expensive to implement for a residential level.
Slowly and gradually the internet service providers and many other private cable operators came together on fiber optic infrastructure throughout the country.
Initially, the installation setup goes like this, the main 100 pairs of Fibre optic gets plugged into a mini DSLAM box where the distribution is converted and delivered in CAT 5/6 cable to every house here, which also means that you need to buy your modem/Routers.
Then this entire setup got scrambled and dumped and now they distribute the Fibre optic and splice it into individual feed for router and routers now comes with the option to take in fiber optic cable directly.
I’m sure there are a lot of us who have gone through this similar journey in their life to where we are today. The technology keeps upgrading and there is no stop to it, people who embrace it and keeps up with it will sail through the transition and will be relevant and those who cannot or unwillingly will be sidelined as old or outdated.