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Myth Busters – Don’t let Fibre Intimidate You!

Dec 3, 2018

Fastest, most stable lines in the land.

Downloads that don’t stall, streams that don’t buffer, gaming without a hitch… Too good to be true? Fibre is here, buddy!
We see the future and it’s connected with fibre optic cables. And you know what’s more – the future is now.

Fibre Optic connections are not new (going on a decade in SA now) but, thanks to improvements in the technology, as well as an ever-growing demand, these connections are now far more readily available, not just to the business but to the home! And, spreading across the country at some pace. That’s right, fibre isn’t something that is exclusive to your gaming geek friend. Where we are based – here in a glorious Garden Route – we offer various fibre packages for business and soon to your home (FTTH).
Read on as we debunk a few of the myths surrounding fibre:

 

It is expensive to install?

There is a small cost involved for initial infrastructure and then monthly service and subscription fees, but comparatively these are not that much more than regular broadband connections, on the basis that they are recovered over a longer period of time. While price point is important, where the true comparison lies is in efficiency, speed, back-up service and level of downtime. Few things are as expensive in terms of productive hours lost, if you’re a business as network downtime.
Our Corporate Fibre Connections feature super-quick line speeds, 1:1 bandwidth, symmetrical connections, the lowest latency and no landline is needed. We also offer a number of custom packages to suit your needs and pocket.

 

It is costly to run?

While – as mentioned above – there are some infrastructure setup costs, the actual hardware needed actually takes up less space and uses less power to run than your existing network.

 

It’s fragile and thus unstable!

Firstly, some background: Fibre optic cables are made of strands of glass (or plastic) and uses pulses of light to carry data. Your standard broadband ADSL is a co-axial cable made of copper.
While on face value you might assume that copper lasts longer, the opposite is in fact true. Fibre optic cable has a lifespan of up to 50 years as opposed to the decade-and-a-half lifespan of copper. Then there is the risk of downtime due to copper theft, or oxidization / corrosion from weather, both of which are a serious challenge in South Africa.
Because light transmission is used to transfer data there is no interference from electromagnetic disturbances such as radios, power lines or other cables. (Some of which might influence copper). In addition, fibre is unaffected by environmental factors. (Some of which might influence copper). This is also the reason fibre cables can run under the sea.
This makes fibre more durable and stable than copper. A ‘safer’ bet, if you will.

 

It is available only in the major centres!

False, there is infrastructure where you are and it is available for your business and soon to the home too. Enough of all the lab coat science, let’s get to the important stuff. SPEED! Line speed is what you’re after, while standard broadband lines run between 2 and 10MB depending on package and infrastructure, fibre is capable of gigabit line speeds. Stop and think about that for a second, then drop us a line for more info and a quote.

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