FTTH FAQ

  • What is Fiber to the Home (FTTH)?
  • Fiber to the Home refers to the installation and use of fiber optic cables to carry digital information right to your home or business.  FTTH is more efficient than traditional broadband technologies like cable and DSL that use copper cable or traditional phone lines because it’s more reliable and its capacity is basically limitless.
  • What are the benefits of FTTH?
  • Reliable.  Fiber is more reliable than copper.  Because fiber is made from glass, it does not receive the noise and interference that coaxial cable receives, so you are less likely to experience the glitches from inclement weather and distance factors.  

    Bandwidth.  As innovation continues and the uses for high speed internet continue to grow, Fiber is the only technology that has the capability to support the needed bandwidth.

    Future-Proof.  Fiber optic technology is considered future proof.  This is because once fiber cable is installed, it is upgraded by replacing the electronics on the end, not the cable itself.  As these electronic components are upgraded, Fiber can support the resulting bandwidth capacity.

    Increased Home Value. According to research by the FTTH council, Fiber adds 3.1% to the value of a home. That translates into an addition $5,437 for a median home price.*

    *Molnar, G., Savage, S., & Sicker, D. (2015).  Reevaluating the Broadband Bonus: Evidence from Neighborhood Access to Fiber and United States Housing Prices.

  • What is bandwidth and why does it matter?
  • Bandwidth describes the rate at which data can be transmitted in a fixed amount of time. The amount of bandwidth you have determines the efficiency and speed of your internet connection. As innovation continues, the amount of bandwidth we need grows.   Internet traffic continues to increase each year with smartphone usage accelerating the pace of growth.  Common practices such as uploading photos, voice-activated searches on smartphones, and online gaming require bandwidth.  Digital media is another application area with large growth, and as more types become available, people are viewing them on a multitude of platforms such as television, smartphones, tablets, iPads, laptops, etc. Formats such 4K and HDTV are bandwidth intensive as well as home security systems and home automation applications. Today’s typical household is quickly becoming dependent on fast, reliable internet to support the multiple devices and applications being utilized at the same time by multiple household members.
  • What makes Wintek different from other providers?
  • Local.  Wintek has been locally owned and operated in Lafayette since 1973.  At Wintek, we believe in using technology to improve the quality of life in the Greater Lafayette area for both residents and businesses. As part of this commitment, we continue to invest in FTTH infrastructure that will meet the bandwidth demands today and in the future.

    Service. At Wintek, we offer what big communication companies can’t – premium customer service tailored to your specific needs. With Wintek, there is no frustrating call center or automated system to work through. Your call is answered by one of our knowledgeable network technicians located right here in Lafayette.  This results in greater accountability that benefits our customer.  Our experienced network technicians will help you understand the different components of your FTTH network and provide recommendations that will help you get the most out of your Wintek FTTH service.

    We Value Your Time.  At Wintek, we understand you have a lot on your plate. If a service call is needed, our technicians will schedule an appointment time and will arrive on time. There are no four-hour windows of wondering if and when a technician will arrive at your home.

    Speed.  With Wintek, you will receive symmetrical speeds (the same upload and download speeds).  This is because a fiber strand is ran to each customer’s home to our backbone cable.  You do not share a fiber strand with your neighbor. 

    Monitoring.  Wintek monitors your connection 24/7 from status and performance. 

    Direct Peering.  Wintek has a direct peer connection with Amazon, Netflix, Apple, Google, Facebook and Purdue University to name a few.  Direct peering results in improved network performance as the traffic does not leave our network to visit these sites.