FNO vs ISP: What is the difference
May 16 2023

FNO and ISP are two different terms used in the field of networking. FNO stands for Fiber Network Owner, while ISP stands for Internet Service Provider. The main difference between these two; FNO owns the fiber optic network infrastructure, whereas ISP provides internet services to end-users.

In order for you to connect to the internet, you need the help of both of these service providers.

What is an FNO?

A Fibre Network Owner (FNO) owns your Fibre optic connectivity infrastructure. It is their responsibility to lay down the fiber optic cables, maintain them, and ensure that they are functioning properly. Furthermore, FNOs will install Fibre boxes outside of your home or business, and then connect the Fibre to this box.

What is an ISP?

An Internet Service Provider (ISP), like Interexcel World Connection, is the service provider you order your Fibre packages and data from. Once you’ve ordered Fibre through your ISP, an Optical Network Terminal (ONT) device will be installed in your home, to connect Fibre to your router, allowing the ISP to provide you, the end-user, with an internet service.

Your ISP, in this instance Interexcel World Connection, will manage how you receive your internet service from the FNO as well as the line speed you receive from them.

In a nutshell, your ISP is responsible for the daily management of your Fibre line. We are the people working behind the scenes to keep you connected at all times.

In conclusion, ISPs like Interexcel World Connection, will sell Fibre packages, based on the Fibre networks built by FNOs like Vumatel, Openserve and Frogfoot. While both FNOs and ISPs play a crucial role in providing internet connectivity to end-users, they have distinct roles and responsibilities in the networking industry.

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