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Category: Fibre Benefits

What is Fibre?

Whether you are online for entertainment or strictly for business, there is no doubt that a faster connection will improve your experience. There has been an increase in the use of Fibre in today’s world and more people are moving away from ADSL to Fibre connections. In order to fully understand what makes Fibre so froggin’ awesome we need to take a step back and start with the basics.

What is Fibre?

A fibre optic connection sends data at incredible speeds using fibre optic cables. For data transmission, light pulses are used instead of copper wires and electricity, which is a more efficient method than that of a traditional copper line. A copper line depends purely on the transmission of electrical currents to perform the same function, but as the current travels over a longer distance, the line deteriorates, and the speed becomes slower. Fibre optic cable can manage a higher frequency range and therefore more data can be transmitted.

What is the difference between ADSL and Fibre?

ADSL stands for Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line. It is a broadband connection that transmits data through the copper wires of existing phone lines. When it comes to broadband speed, ADSL can be unreliable – how much speed you can get depends very much on how far you live from your telephone line pole. The further the telephone pole the slower the speed of your line. Congestion on your line with a copper cable is very common, the higher the traffic speed the slower your download speed.

Fibre broadband is better, faster, and more reliable than that of standard ADSL internet and is delivered to homes and businesses through fibre optic cables. Fibre can handle higher amounts of traffic without affecting your upload or download speed. The Fibre optic cables are less prone to interference, which means there is less risk of disruption to your network and they are resistant to corrosion, which also makes them more durable.

Why choose Fibre?

  1. Fibre is reliable, it can handle more users and more data at a consistently high speed.
  2. You can upload and download files quickly.
  3. No throttling – level up your gaming experience, video chat with friends and family without any buffering.
  4. Connecting your home’s CCTV camera to your Fibre, will allow for you to have full access 24/7 on what is happening around your home and neighbourhood.
  5. You can download a 2 hour HD movie in seconds, compared to waiting 30 minutes with an ADSL line. Fibre offers higher bandwidth than ADSL and can be used for both homes and businesses.

Now that you know the difference and the benefits, it’s time for you to take the leap forward and discover the world of Fibre. With over 140 Internet Service Providers on our network, you can make a choice that will suit your budget. For more information please watch our video.

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How Fibre can help you stay more connected during lockdown

If you’re a fibre regular, you know the benefits are incomparable! Fibre means super fast internet speeds and the most stable internet connection at all times. This introduces you to a world of entertainment, as well as work opportunities that were previously impossible or too expensive.

As we pass the halfway mark in Lockdown, it is clear that fibre is the firm favourite for the entire family and those who are working from home. Fibre has without a doubt, significantly reduced the amount of retrenchments that have taken place already in the country. With fast internet access, fibre means employees are still able to complete their work from the comfort of their home as they self-quarantine.

Let’s look at more benefits of using fibre at home:

Stay in touch

Stay connected with your family from all over the world using video and voice calling technology with a clear connection. Living far apart from your family, especially during lockdown, can get incredibly lonely. Luckily Skype, Zoom and other telecommunication platforms that provide video chat and voice calls have been around since as early as 2003. The difference is that we didn’t always have the connectivity we do now. With that said, visuals were grainy, and audio was crackly and delayed.

Working remotely?

For those who have worked from home during lockdown, you may have experienced certain benefits of fibre to your work environment. These include video conference calls, shared screen presentations and the ability to get work done as if you were still sitting at your desk at the office.

You may even realise that you can work for longer hours since a large majority of distractions have now been removed from your work environment. And it isn’t isolating, working from home with a fibre connection means you can use Voice over Internet Protocol or VoIP to make calls at a fraction of normal costs, enhancing productivity even more.

Fibre is reliable

The number one benefit of fibre is how reliable the connection is. Since fibre is laid underground in trenches and not in copper wires above the ground, it is far less prone to a disturbance or theft, since the fibre cables are tiny little wires which do not hold the value that copper wire does to thieves. This means you can enjoy uninterrupted connectivity that allows you to get everything done in a short space of time.

Education

The Lockdown in SA has meant that all parents now have to homeschool their children in the interim. This can be a daunting task to most parents who may doubt their old school day Mathematics skills. Luckily, the internet is teeming with interactive and highly accredited online educational platforms for your child to learn. Exercises require an internet connection that is stable, reliable and fast, in order to keep their children focused on the task at hand during class time. Fibre is the answer to homeschooling and all online educational programs as it allows the student to learn in real time and does not cause frustration or latency, which can make it difficult to concentrate when learning.

Learning new skills

What new skills have you learnt during Lockdown? We have all naturally become curious about a hobby or skill we always wanted to try but never had the time to pursue. YouTube has become the most wonderful platform to learn pretty much anything you want on a subject matter. It also has live interactions during live streams and interactive chat forums, so you can learn to become a health guru, tech whiz or rock star guitarist with advice from people all over the world.

Workouts

Possibly one of the biggest trends right now during Lockdown is exercise classes using Zoom, Skype or other telecommunication platforms. Fibre allows the stream of information to flow smoothly and without interruptions as opposed to other forms of connectivity where the audio and visuals will not be as clear. This is because live streams require a large amount of bandwidth as you are sending and receiving information instantly as well as simultaneously.

Double Up campaign

Our Double Up campaign was designed to help fellow Froggies, not only stay online, but to benefit from all the extra time spent at home. We also took into account that schools, as well as businesses, would close and students and workers would be expected to work from home (provided that they could).

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