For the last 10 years (or more) most consumers and frankly most ISPs have been exclusively focused on the performance of their high speed Internet connection’s ability to offer fast downloads. And for good reason. Fast downloads enable virtually all web-based content to be enjoyed smoothly including streaming audio and video and graphics-heavy Flash animations.
But what about upload speeds?
With the vast number of devices that let people create their own digital content being snapped up at retail every day (has anyone else noticed the explosion of Flip Video-style camcorders?) having to wait while your clips of the kids’ birthday parties upload has become a real drag. Same thing goes for photos. I have a Flickr Pro account which lets me upload tons of full-res photos to share with friends and family. I typically upload these as a batch of 50 or so images at once. That means starting the upload and then walking away for up to an hour while it completes.
Faster uploads would be a welcome option.
To address the growing need for faster uploads, Bell has just announced the availability of a new product they’re calling “Fibe”. It’s available in the Montréal and the Greater Toronto Area and offers uploads speeds of up to 7Mbps – the fastest of any current residential options. Downloads are of course pretty speedy too at up to 25Mbps.
The name Fibe was clearly inspired by the technology and infrastructure that delivers the service, known as VDSL2 (Very High Speed Digital Subscriber Line) over FTTN (Fibre To The Node). The combination of fibre-optic cabling and the enhanced data-delivery protocols of VDSL2 is a significant improvement over traditional DSL arrangements.
You can find out more about Fibe here.
However, if you live in Quebec City, or some of the new home developments in Quebec and the GTA, there’s an even better service that will soon be available to you. Known as FTTH(Fibre To The Home), this fully fibre-optic based network can deliver download speeds of at least 100Mbps and download speeds of at least 20Mbps.
How fast is that? At 100Mbps, you could download the entire contents of a DVD (approx 4.3GB) in 7 minutes.
Full Disclosure: Sync is owned and operated by Bell Canada.