High-speed fiber optic internet will soon be visiting Alaska. Unmitigated, the internet will be able to provide 100 terabits of data per second.
According to internet provider, MTA Fiber Holdings, which is the largest provider in Alaska, the fiber optic network will connect Alaska to the United States (US). Now, the fiber optic network has begun to be built.
“This is a major step for Alaska that will ensure future capacity requirements for MTA members and can support sustainable broadband growth throughout the state of Alaska,” MTA CEO Michael Burke said in a statement quoted by the Daily Mail, Friday (3/5). / 2019).
The company’s provider said it would extend its route from the Alaska North Pole, through Canada, to the US. The network is currently under construction and will continue throughout the year, with a target to be completed in 2020.
News about high-speed optics and predictions is expected to be welcomed because Alaska is one of the worst performing states in America. Based on HighSpeedInternet.com data, Alaska is ranked worst of all states in terms of internet speed. The country that is known for having the richest natural resources only provides an average internet speed of 17 MBPS.
The fiber optic test
In fact, according to the internet speed testing company, Ookla, the average download speed in the US is around 93 MBPS. Most of the state’s internet is currently supplied by several submarine cables that stretch thousands of miles from Washington through the North Pacific Ocean to Alaskan plains.
By introducing terrestrial fiber optic connections, Alaska’s internet will also be more reliable and not susceptible to underwater hazards like earthquakes and tsunamis. Increasing broadband will also make Alaska easier to reached by technology companies such as Google and Facebook that seek to build data centers in a cooler climate in the world.