Unveiling the Hidden Frustration: The Real Story Behind Internet Lag

Raffaele Santopaolo
2 min readOct 31, 2023

I bet you think the “Fiber” you get from your Internet provider is dedicated and reserved just for you. You purchase a 1 Gigabit FTTH connection and rightfully expect to have a Gigabit always at your disposal. Without delving into tedious technicalities, it’s crucial to understand that domestic connections are shared access points with thousands of other users.

For instance, Fiber to the Cab (FTTC), also known as mixed-fiber/copper, since the last segment is made of copper, operates in a way that nearly 200 connections are aggregated and funneled through a cabinet, connected to a fiber, often just 1 Gbit, leading to a central hub with a 10 Gbit link towards the Internet. Imagine that an average hub serves almost 100 cabinets, each with two hundred users. The division is simple yet alarming.

The same principle applies to the “Gigabit Fiber”, or FTTH, although it might be less perceptible due to media representation as a “dedicated gigabit.” This couldn’t be further from the truth. Here, without diving into dull specifics, a point-to-multipoint structure exists where over sixty connections are funneled through a network node of a couple of gigabits (2.5). This is far from the dedicated Gigabit you were expecting.

There is, however, a type of fiber that is genuinely user-dedicated. Fiber that is directly connected to the backbone, without passing through any street cabinets or central hubs, and isn’t shared with any other user. It’s called project-based fiber. Its cost isn’t fixed because it depends on the complexity of connecting the user to the backbone. Yet, compared to just five years ago when such connectivity was only available to medium to large businesses (>10/20 million turnover), it is now accessible even to micro-enterprises due to the decreasing costs of the technologies used and the straightforward concept of economies of scale. Often, this allows us to reduce excavation, construction, and recurring costs.

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Here is a detailed breakdown with technical specifics.

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