The big question everybody is wondering about is what is Fiber to the Home (FTTH)? Fiber to the home is basically a broadband network using fiber cables directly from the source straight to the home. Fiber cables carry more information over longer distances and are the next generation cables replacing coaxial.
There are some very distinct advantages over such a network than one comprised of coaxial or a mix of fiber and coaxial:
- Speed – Fiber cables transmit signals using light and not electricity as in coaxial cables. Since light transmits much faster, data speeds can now reach speeds in the gigabits and not break down.
- No Peak Times – Get the speed you pay for all the time. Since there are no coaxial cables in an FTTH network, there is no loss or fluctuation of data. Therefore allowing you to receive the speeds you get all the time.
- No Sharing – Companies that have a mix of fiber and coaxial cables like Flow, offer a shared connection. The fiber cables go to what is call a Node or Curb located in your neighborhood that services hundreds of clients. The more clients active on the network at the same time aid in the fluctuation of speeds. Companies with FTTH like Massy or Digicel, give you an individual fiber connection directly to your home.
- Clear Home Phone – Fiber cables allow for clear phone calls and do not receive any interference or static in the calls like traditional home phone lines.
- Futureproof – Allows for the future evolution of technology. New tech that will come out for the home will certainly need to have an FTTH connection, so you will be doing yourself a disservice by signing up with a provider who does not offer it.
Now as a consumer what you need to know is who has FTTH networks in Trinidad. Digicel and Massy Communications are the two popular companies offering fiber to the home technology. While Flow does have Fiber in their system, it is only to the Node/Curb and copper cables the rest of the way.
Two clear differences between Massy and Digicel are that 1) Digicel offers 3 services (TV, Internet, Home Phone) to Massys two services (TV, Internet). Generally, there is no free way to call people in Trinidad & Tobago outside of apps like Whatsapp, Facebook, and depending on your internet speed, does not offer the best call quality.
So if you have friends or family generally signing up on say Digicel, your group will be able to call each other for free and have the best phone quality than any other network in T&T.
The biggest difference is on the surface is the price. Digicel bundles start from $429 for the 3 services, and Massy starts at $500 for the two services.
Massy does have a few tricks up their sleeve. Massy does boast the lowest Fibre Internet only package on the market starting at $175 a month for 25mbps download. Sweet deal for the streamers out there.
They also have the Massy Loyalty Card. It is a rewards program that allows customers to collect points whenever you shop at Massy stores. You will also be able to use these points for a variety of things including bill payments.
You guys can check out their respective websites to get more information about their services. Has anybody hooked up with Digicel or Massy? If so, tell us about your experiences so far in the comments section.
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