Fibre optic broadband is one of the most significant advances and improvements in broadband technology. It gives users, both business and personal, far higher download and upload speeds than traditional fixed-line broadband, is far more reliable, and ensures that what a business or individual can do online is practically limitless.
“There is no doubt that fibre is the future of the fast internet connection,” says Mitchell Barker, founder of www.WhichVoip.co.za. “Fibre lends its name from the cables it uses to transmit data. These cables are made up of up to a thousand individual strands of fibre made from silica glass or plastic, each one about the same thickness of a human hair.”
He says these cables offer internet speeds of between 50Mbps and 100Mbps, and work over long distances too. “Unlike DSL which makes use of copper wire, fibre cables don’t lose any signal strength over long distances. In layman’s terms, this means your home or your business can download, stream, VoIP-call or just browse the internet, much more reliably, quickly and without annoying or and thready connections.”
Barker says the obvious reason to upgrade to fibre is the broadband speed. “For those needing to download large files, or for gamers who have to deal with the annoyance of ‘lag’, fibre is the obvious solution. Fibre also boosts productivity by making everything so much faster. This results in faster internal communications, more efficient browsing, easier and quicker sending of large files, as well as far faster data backup. Many applications can run at the same time without losing speed, and video conferencing becomes a total pleasure.”
In addition, he says fibre helps flexible and remote working as speeds are not compromised during peak times. “Big files can be downloaded at home, and faster speeds make staying in touch via video conferencing or IP phones much easier.”
Another big plus, he says, is fibre’s affordability. “With more and more providers offering fibre solutions, growing availability across South Africa, and big investment from ISPs, fibre currently offers the fastest way of getting online and seamlessly accessing data and communicating.”
Several different broadband providers supply fibre optic broadband in SA, and he advises those wishing to adopt fibre to shop around. “There are several providers offering high level comparisons on these fibre services – mainly highlighting price and speeds, but there is a lot more to fibre, and a lot more to evaluating a fibre provider than these two considerations alone.”
Barker says WhichVoIP has recently unveiled a fibre section which boasts in depth information on fibre technology, a new section in its forum for fibre-specific industry news and updates, and the ability for users to compare fibre offerings from credible solutions providers. With the access to, and functionality offered on fibre, it really has become a viable solution for businesses of all sizes.
Those wishing to compare fibre providers can visit http://www.whichvoip.co.za/comparison/fibre