Can’t make sense of fibre internet? Cell C’s Executive Head: Broadband, Dederick Venter explains what you need to know.
Chances are you have seen the ads, the flyers, maybe even met the eager salespeople. Fibre internet is slowly expanding across South Africa’s metropolitan areas, introducing a new level of internet access that really stands beyond compare. Fibre is considerably faster than ADSL and more stable than the wireless signals from mobile broadband. The closest other option is LTE, which itself is blisteringly fast. But fibre is the king of this mountain.
This certainly sounds like a good deal, but is it? What is fibre and should you cave in to your family’s calls to have it installed? That depends on what you are looking for, but if you live a connected life, you won’t regret ordering fibre.
The traditional way to ferry the digital information of the internet around is to use copper cables, which carry electrical signals. But fibre sends beams of light down long translucent threads. This has several benefits: fibre do not decay as fast as copper lines and fibre is less exposed to interference.
It is also very fast, comfortably offering speeds ten times that of ADSL and beyond. Even at its lower end – 10 to 20mbps (mbps is to internet speed what km/h is to cars) – fibre is more reliable. It also has more capacity, so no more fights over