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Why Choose Residential Fiber Internet Over LTE Home Cellular Internet?

By Krista Lockhart

In today’s world, high-speed internet connectivity has become a necessity for both personal and professional purposes. The internet is not only required for browsing and social media, but it also serves as the backbone for many home businesses and remote workers. With the rise of mobile devices, cellular internet has become increasingly popular as it allows users to stay connected while on the go. However, when it comes to reliable and fast connectivity, fiber home internet is the superior option. Here are some reasons why fiber home internet is better for connectivity over LTE cellular internet.

Faster Speeds

Fiber optic cables transmit data using light signals, which travel at incredible speeds. This means that fiber internet can provide significantly faster download and upload speeds compared to cellular internet. With LTE cellular internet most customers only see download speeds ranging from 33-182 Mbps and upload speeds around 6-23 Mbps. Cellular LTE speeds also vary based on your home’s composition, design, layout, and the distance to a cell tower.  Even with a good cell tower range your download and upload speeds are not symmetrical or as fast as fiber internet. This can make a significant difference when streaming high-quality videos or transferring large files.

More Reliable Connection

Fiber home internet is a dedicated connection that is not affected by external factors such as weather conditions or network congestion. Florida is infamous for its elevated humidity levels and nearly everyday summer downpours or thunderstorms. Cell reception may deteriorate due to rain, fog, clouds, or even a sunny day with high humidity by enabling water vapor in the air to reflect or refract radio waves affecting performance. These factors cause LTE services to experience slower speeds or dropped connections during all times of the day. With Fiber Internet you can enjoy a consistent and reliable symmetrical connection, no matter the weather, which is essential when living in Florida.

Better Security

Fiber home internet is a more secure option compared to cellular internet. Fiber optic cables are much harder to tap into or intercept, making it difficult for hackers to gain access to your personal or sensitive information. Cellular internet, on the other hand, is more susceptible to hacking and interception.

More Bandwidth

Fiber home internet offers much greater bandwidth than LTE cellular internet. Fiber Internet as a whole has a standard speed of 1G x 1G with the future ability to increase that to 10 G at any time. LTE will most likely never reach the 1G speed and will never be symmetrical. This means with Fiber Internet multiple devices can be connected to the internet without experiencing slow speeds or buffering issues which is especially important in households with multiple people who all need to use the internet at the same time.

Lower Latency

Fiber home internet also has lower latency than cellular internet. Latency refers to the time it takes for data to travel from one device to another. Fiber internet has lower latency, which makes it ideal for activities that require real-time interaction, such as online gaming or video conferencing. Cellular LTE has higher latency as connectivity is based on the distance to a cell tower.


While LTE cellular internet may be convenient and cheap, Residential Fiber Internet is the superior option with its faster speeds, more reliable connection, better security, more bandwidth, and lower latency. Upgrade to Residential Fiber Internet today from Smart City Telecom.