|Now my question, if I am in the area for 'Ethernet in the first mile' would the fibre cable come into my building then into a router/modem? Or is it completely different than home broadband|
My experience with fibre optic, and I have plenty, is that the provider brings the line into your building and terminates it to a fibre fanout and from there into a media converter (converts fibre to copper).
Both our providers supply their own equipment at the point of ingress. In the one case, it goes from media converter into a Cisco router that has a dialup modem attached to it so the provider can remote access the router in case of disruption of service.
In the other case, the connection goes from media converter to a Cisco 3550 layer 3 switch. Again, they have a dialup modem attached to remote into the unit in case of problems.
Do they normally supply the relevent router that could handle the 10gbps link?
I doubt you'll be getting a 10 GBps link. If you knew what they cost, you'd know why I say that. I'd wager you'll get a link that is less than 100 Mbps. Even a 30 Mbps pipe is a big one when you're talking about an enterprise level connection which isn't choked and limited like a "highspeed internet connection" for home consumption.
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