A fibre internet line uses a fibre-optic cable to carry data over an optic connection by making use of light signal technology.
This new technology allows the data being transmitted over the fibre broadband internet connection to be transmitted at a much faster speed than data transmission over traditional DSL copper cables.
DSL copper connections are prone to high attenuation and distortion the further away your home or business internet connection is from the nearest exchange and internet service provider (ISP).
This leads to slow internet connection speeds and a poor user internet experience.
Fibre-optic cables are made up of glass filaments which allow light to be carried over long distances with very little distortion and attenuation.
Internet data is then transmitted over the glass filaments through lasers and light signals to achieve higher performance.
This is also what makes fibre-optic cables so much more reliable.
Fibre optic-cable broadband internet lines thus gives the end user a very reliable, much faster internet connection with high-quality streaming capabilities.
Fibre internet speeds
We offer fibre broadband internet lines with speeds ranging from 10 Mbps all the way up to 1000 Mbps.
Fibre line speeds consist of a download and an upload speed component.
Symmetrical fibre-optic internet line connections are just like they sound: They have the same download and upload speeds. For example, a 100/100 Mbps fibre internet line offers the same download and upload speed of 100 Mbps.
An asymmetrical fibre-optic internet line connection, on the other hand does not have the same download/upload rates as a symmetrical connection. For example, a 100/50 Mbps fibre internet line denotes a download speed of 100 Mbps and an upload speed of 50 Mbps.
Pros of a symmetrical connection
There are no internet bottlenecks. If you're experiencing slow uploads and dropped calls, it's likely that your data is being "throttled" as a result of a shortage of usable bandwidth during peak traffic times.
Symmetrical fibre internet connections ensure that your upload speeds are not throttled.
Upload larger files, faster. Uploading large data files to the cloud can take a long time, and a higher fibre internet line upload speed can resolve this problem and allow you to upload large files faster.
With symmetrical speeds, you are able to upload files and update at the same time. High upload speeds are needed for secure cloud access, so symmetrical connections can ensure that your cloud services are always available.
One does need to keep in mind that a higher upload fibre internet line speed will cost more per month.
Pros of an asymmetrical connection
Fibre internet line connections that are asymmetrical are less expensive and are offered on a cheaper monthly rental.
With an asymmetrical fibre internet line, you get high-speed downloading with lower uploading speed. If you are not doing a lot of data, file uploading then it is not necessary for your company to pay for a symmetrical fibre internet line, you do not need to spend the extra money.
Fibre line installations
The installation of fibre-optic internet lines can take between 3-10 working days if the fibre cable infrastructure has already been laid in the street outside of your premises.
Once your fibre internet line order has been scheduled for installation, a technician will be assigned to your order and they will then install a PVC conduit from the fibre node outside and connect an optic-fibre cable through it to your premises.
If there is already a fibre-optic cable installed inside your premises from a previous working connection, then all the technician has to do is to re-active the connection.
Types of fibre internet lines
There are two types of fibre internet lines available in South Africa.
FTTH - Fibre to the home
Fibre to the home (FTTH) broadband internet line installations use optical fiber cables from a fibre network provider to individual, residential buildings to provide high-speed internet access.
Fibre to the home (FTTH) broadband internet lines have a higher contention ratio. Contention ratio is the amount (or ratio) of an Internet Service Provider’s bandwidth that is shared between clients. A contention ratio of 1:10 means that you share available bandwidth with 10 others and you have a guaranteed speed of 1. Due to fibre being super-fast, this has very little to no effect on the home users internet usage.
Fibre to the home (FTTH) broadband internet lines are designed for smaller scale uploads and downloads that do not require low contention ratios.
FTTB - Fibre to the business
Fibre to the business (FTTB) broadband internet line installations use optical fiber cables from a fibre network provider to business buildings, business areas to provide high-speed internet access.
Fibre to the business (FTTB) broadband internet lines have a much lower contention ratio. Contention ratio is the amount (or ratio) of an Internet Service Provider’s bandwidth that is shared between clients. Fibre to the business (FTTB) has the best contention ratio of 1:1 (a low ratio). This means that you do not share any available bandwidth with other users and you have a guaranteed speed. A low contention ratio means that more bandwidth is available to you on the network at any time.
However, the lower the contention ratio, the more expensive the service will be.
With a lower contention ratio, Fibre to the business (FTTB) broadband internet lines come with much faster internet speeds than fibre to the home (FTTH), which is obviously a major advantage to a business. Fibre to the business (FTTB) broadband internet lines are designed for businesses to send and receive large amounts of data at scale, much faster.
Fibre internet lines (Including a free WiFi router, uncapped data usage) rental starts from R446.95 per month for our wide range of fibre internet line speeds and fibre solutions.
* All pricing indicated is exclusive of VAT.
If you would like to get more information about our fibre internet contact us and speak to our helpful consultants