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. Cli...