reply to kkopchynski
Re: broadband fiber vs coax Not sure if this will help add some light on the subject, but I wrote a post here in line with your question:
»Fiber vs Cable (Is "slow" fiber better than "fast
Yes thank you for that link. I had completely overlooked the full/half duplex issue. Is there any data out there on the real performance of a, say, 500meg link when it is running half-duplex?
I'm thinking the performance hit of half-duplex must be enormous, especially with many users making page requests and downloads. I am at a boarding school with quite heavy use.
Also any data on reliability of coax? I wish the OP on that thread had responded when asked about the nature and severity of his problems. As you can see in my reply to another post, the price difference here is quite significant.
In the US, coax is typically 'best effort' in terms of uptime/latency/throughput/reliability. Any of which can fluctuate for any reason. Coax is really more of a consumer grade product.
With commercial grade symmetrical fiber, there are guarantees for service quality. Namely in the form of an SLA. However I'm not sure if this applies to consumer (residential) type of fiber such as FiOS or Uverse, as I don't deal with those.
In terms of available data for full/half duplex tests, I might be able to locate something for you. Please contact me through IM or my site: »www.teleservpro.com/contact.html