Metro Ethernet over fiber is focused on delivering red hot speed. Generally speaking, it is the fastest intent connection possible under current technology. It is the latest generation of data transfer technology for the internet. Its historical development reaches back to the IEEE 802.3 specification originally released in 1981. That standard has been improved over the years. For example, when first written it referred to data transfer speeds of 10 Mbps (megabits per second).
Initially, Ethernet internet connections were completed with thicknet coaxial wiring. However it was stiff, rigid and difficult to handle. The next development came with thinnet wiring that delivered greater speeds. Next came twisted-pair wiring that delivered even greater speeds. But it was limited by magnetic interference and cross-talk issues as data speeds were increased.
Both these problems are solved by fiber optic or unshielded twisted-pair wiring. This fiber technology also consistent, undistorted transfers of data speeds as high as 10 gigabits per second (10Gb Ethernet), this being 100 times speedier than non-fiber Ethernet.
Ethernet over fiber requires high capital expenditure to install. Only high traffic data users can justify the cost. Even organizations connected to the internet with Cat 5 or perhaps Cat 6 connections may find it difficult to justify installing a fiber optic connection.
Speeds achieved by Ethernet over fiber are blazingly faster than those provided by broadband, regardless of whether that broadband is delivered by cable, by wireless or by satellite. Initially, internet users greatly appreciated broadband connections. Metro Ethernet connections are greatly superior to conventional broadband.
Metro Ethernet over fiber, of course, requires fiber optic infrastructure to be installed. This capacity has been installed in only a small number of selected geographic areas. It is not yet widely available. If it is not installed in your region, it is likely to become available soon. The rollout of this technology is now just a matter of time.