So everybody is talking about Fibre, but is it really as fast as people say? Also, is speed all you need to think about, or is there more? Read on to find out whether it is worth looking into getting fibre.
ADSL vs Fibre
Why is fibre so in demand? The main factor that is spoken about is of course the incredible speed. But other factors to consider are its reliability, and it not being dependent on a landline. IF there is fibre in your locale, even swapping out a 40 Mbps ADSL line for a 40 Mbps Fibre line would be worth your while, considering that your fast internet won’t fail you.
|10 Mbps ADSL
|100 Mbps Fibre
|100 MB Download (Roughly 50 Photos)
|1 minute and 20 seconds
|5 GB (1 High Definition [HD] Movie)
|1 hour and 8 minutes
|6 minutes and 49 seconds
Pros and Cons of ADSL and Fibre
|Available in most areas.
|The further your home is from the Telkom Exchange (little structures set up in certain neighbourhoods where connections meet locally), the slower your ADSL speed.
|Competitive speeds for users who are seeking basic connectivity and aren’t too active online.
|ADSL is susceptible to electrical interference and needs a fair amount of maintenance, which means there are often reliability issues.
|There are both capped and uncapped packages available depending on your requirements.
|You need a landline to be able to access the internet with ADSL.
Available Speeds: ADSL is available in the following speeds: 1, 2, 4, 8, 10, 20 and 40 Mbps (Megabits per second).
|There are several benefits, such as clarity and reliability in data transfer. One of the reasons for this is that glass cannot conduct electricity. This means that there is less interference on the lines.
|Fibre is still fairly ‘new’ on the market and is not available in all locations yet.
|Data can travel up to 50 km to/from an exchange before any form of degradation in speed takes place.
|Fibre cabling itself is similarly priced to the copper used for ADSL, but far easier to maintain.
|You do not need a landline to access the internet with fibre.
|And the best part about fibre is that new ways may be found to transmit light data even faster without the infrastructure becoming redundant.
|There are capped and uncapped options being rolled out.
Available Speeds: Fibre is available in the following speeds: 2, 4, 8, 10, 20, 40, 50 and 100 Mbps (depending on Fibre provider).
How do I know what is right for me?
See the infographic below to establish how much data you use when online. If you spend a lot of time streaming TV and tunes or downloading larger files, then a faster connection will mean you can do so more regularly at higher speeds.
If you’re interested in looking at installing Fibre or ADSL, get in touch with us to find the right package for you.