Symmetry in nature and art is admired, but it is often ignored when it comes to internet connections. Many providers offer outdated “asymmetrical” products where the upload speed can be literally 10 times slower than the download speed, but today’s consumers generally prefer “symmetrical” internet, meaning that the download and upload speeds are equal.
So why don’t more providers offer symmetrical internet, if that is what the market demands? It comes down to obsolete technology. Many providers’ networks were designed to deliver cable television, not internet. Coaxial cables were built to deliver information in one direction. Even early internet users spent the vast majority of their time downloading information (like images on websites), hardly uploading anything at all. In today’s world of YouTubers, live streaming, and cloud services, upload speeds are just as essential as download speeds.
Fiber internet providers like Metronet are able to take advantage of fiber’s superior data-carrying technology to offer high-speed symmetrical internet to all their customers. Businesses from small retail businesses with point-of-sale systems to international architecture and construction firms can benefit from the scalable high-speed upload speeds that fiber internet enables.