Ever since the news that fibre will be available in South Africa first hit, internet junkies have been doing their research into the best service providers. Now fibre is rolling out in most areas and those who don’t have it yet are given sympathetic pats on the back. But the truth is, how many of us really know what fibre is and why it’s such a big deal? If you’re one of those who don’t quite understand the hype, this article is for you.
What is fibre?
Fibre optic technology delivers high-speed data through glass cabling, unlike ADSL, which uses copper cable.
Why should you get fibre?
- Glass can’t conduct electricity, so there is less chance for weather to interfere with the quality. This makes fibre more stable and robust enough to provide a more reliable service. Copper cable, on the other hand, is more susceptible to damage and theft.
- With fibre, data can travel up to 50 kilometres away before speed is affected.
- ADSL also relies on a landline, which isn’t necessary when using fibre.
Is fibre available in your area?
Fibre is still being rolled out across South Africa. Click here to find out if your area is covered by Vodacom Fibre. If you live in a Future Fibre area (ie the fibre infrastructure has been laid out in your area, but fibre isn’t available yet), you should use an LTE router, which doesn’t require any permanent infrastructure.
How easy is it to get fibre?
Vodacom installation contractors will contact you for a site survey prior to installation. During this visit, they’ll map out the details of the installation and let you know if any drilling, trending or wiring will be required. If the Vodacom Fibre network has already been built in your area, Vodacom Fibre service will be available immediately after the installation has been completed.