Speed

There is a huge distinguishing factor in the nature of the speed provided by Bratenahl Fiber, and that is this: our service will be symmetric. This means that upload and download speeds are the same. Spectrum (TWC) offers service up to 60Mbs, but that is only for download. The upload speed is limited to 5Mps! Our 60Mbps plan will be 60 down and 60 up. That’s 12x faster to upload videos and photos iCloud, Dropbox, Facebook, Instagram, etc. and is a very welcome change.

So what does that speed really mean in today’s world? Here is CBS News coverage of a real world scenario with Google Fiber. [Bratenahl Fiber has no business relationship to Google Fiber but does offer the same gigabit service]

Let’s say you just captured a 2 minute HD video on your iPhone/android phone and want to send it to a friend. How long will it take at max available speeds on each service?
2 minute HD video send time

 

Here is another example. Let’s say you want to download a new movie on iTunes to watch on your iPad. How long would that take at max available speeds on each service?
itunes-movie-download-time

 

Bratenahl Fiber has architected a complete plan to run fiber internet to Bratenahl Place to increase available internet speeds by a factor of 200x – 500x, bringing our internet speeds up to what is already available in University Circle, Downtown Cleveland, other major metropolitan areas, Europe, Japan, and so on. The image below is a visual representation of the maximum amount of data than can be transferred in one second to one customer on each of the three networks. It is mathematically to scale with no exaggeration.

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In every way measurable, Bratenahl Fiber internet will be faster than all other services available here. Speeds of up to 1 gigabit (1000 megbit) are available via Bratenahl Fiber to everyone at Bratenahl Place and at affordable prices.

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You won’t ever hear the major carriers say this, but bandwidth isn’t everything! Round trip time and peering both matter too.

Round Trip Time (also called latency or ping)
Ping times actually affect your browsing experience more than bandwidth, and this is another way in which fiber optic cabling far out-performs other carriers like ATT and Time Warner who are using slower copper line technology. On the wireless side, carriers like Verizon and TMobile suffer from unusually slow ping times due to the enormous number of phones all sharing one tower. For a deeper explanation on ping speed, see this important note on Latency and Bandwidth.

Peering
Not all internet providers have the same connections to the backbone of the internet. This is where peering relationships come in. The term “peering” means that one network backbone (Level 3 for example) views another service as a peer, providing a direct connection, and sometimes multiple direct connections, instead of routing through other providers to reach the remote servers. This becomes especially relevant for things like Netflix, iTunes, Hulu, Pandora, and other streaming services. When you go through an internet provider who is also a media company, they don’t look favorably upon competing traffic like Netflix, and sometimes even take intentional steps to de-prioritize their traffic. They certainly don’t view Netflix as a peer. This means that the data traffic from Netflix has to take “back roads” and longer paths, degrading the quality of the service.

Bratenahl Fiber’s backbone has direct peering relationships with many common services (Netflix/Microsoft/Google/Amazon/Apple/Pandora/etc). So in addition to a bigger pipe and lower latency, your data has a more direct route to many important services that you care about. The end result of this peering is always a faster, more reliable connection.

Ready to get started?
Please click here to sign up for a pre-service plan at $1/mo until service goes live. We must reach a total of 40 customer accounts for Building 1 and/or 35 customer accounts Building 2 for our service to go live.