Fibre Optic Internet South Africa

Fibre Optic Internet South Africa

“Fibre is not a new technology, and has been around for almost a decade in South Africa. It’s only recently become more visible and available to consumers due to the increase in companies which supply it, as demand for faster Internet increases.

According to MWEB, fibre works through “fibre optic cables that use light impulses to carry data instead of the electrical impulses transmitted on traditional ADSL copper cables. The light bounces along thin glass fibre tubes at the speed of light, which makes it very, very fast”. So, apart from being an extremely fast form of Internet, how will fibre benefit the South African consumer?

Compared to our current copper cables, fibre is exceptionally reliable; it is not affected by weather conditions such as rain or extremely high temperatures, and it can handle 1,000 times more information than copper lines. As these cables are not worth anything in illegal sales, the threat of theft and financial damage is also massively reduced.

This is good news for both businesses and households, as it is financially more sound and convenient. For the average South African consumer, the days of loading and buffering are promised to be an issue of the past!”

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Why Is Fibre Optic Internet Faster Than Copper – and Better?

“Copper suffers from a significant signal-loss issue. To accurately read a signal, you have to know the exact moment the signal has stopped and the exact moment it began. As a signal is forced to travel farther, the difference between a start and a stop (zero and one) gets very fuzzy. Copper is best used for maintaining a continuous electrical current since it’s a great conductor. However, for signalling, it remains a very poor material. It’s still great for local networks, but not necessarily something we should be using for global communication infrastructure, considering that copper cables can lose 94 percent of their signal at 100 meters distance (this is the industrial maximum for signal loss through copper).

Researchers have recently been able to send data at 10 Gbps through copper, but at distances no larger than 30 meters.

Fiber, on the other hand, can theoretically send terabytes per second of data without so much as a 3-percent data loss over 100 meters. Two things are at play here: the signal retention and signal clarity. Not only do you absolutely know when the signal began and ended, but you receive a very strong signal across the wire. This allows communication at dizzying speeds so fast that most routing technologies still can’t process them fast enough.”


Keen to make the switch from ADSL to fibre? Click here to chat with one of our agents to see if your area is covered, and get a great deal with SwitchedOn IT today!


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