Fibre and other Internet solutions


Fibre and other Internet solutions


There are several types of internet solutions available today, each with their own benefits and draw backs. Some of the most popular are:

  • Fibre optics
  • LTE/3G
  • ADSL
  • Wireless/Microwave Link


Fibre optics is the most stable and reliable connection available enabling you to transmit data at extremely high speeds.

As people, we constantly want to grow and make our lives more convenient. The information we are able to gain through our use of the internet drives our ever-changing lifestyles by ensuring we have the information we seek.


The internet has become a necessity to daily life and choosing the right internet connection is as important as ever. We need internet that can work faster than we can think.


Fibre is one of the fastest internet infrastructure connections available. It can be used to stream online shows, play online games and download data all at the same time. Although providers are recommending fibre as the way to go in terms of internet connections, it is unfortunately not yet as readily accessible for all consumers as other internet connections.


Fibre optics use plastic or glass cables that go directly from the exchange to your home. Fibre optics hold a higher capacity, allowing a larger amount of data to be transferred without compromising on speed and quality - an all-round brilliant connectivity solution.


How does fibre compare to other internet connections?

Long Term Evolution (LTE or 4G) can go up to speeds of 50Mbps - not nearly as fast as a fibre optic connection, but as it is delivered via a cellular connection, it is ideal for users who require a mobile internet service. LTE is an air “floater”, which means external factors such as bad weather can cause connection interruptions.

3G refers to the third generation phone standard (just before LTE). It uses bandwidth more efficiently than 2G and is faster and less costly.

Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) is one of the slower connectivity solutions, however, its advantage lies in the fact that it is more widely available across South Africa than fibre. ADSL relies on copper cables to transfer data, the capacity is much lower than that of a fibre connection, which can compromise speed and quality. As a whole, ADSL is still a great internet solution for those who do not yet have access to fibre.


Microwave/Wireless Broadband provides internet access to one location using radio waves, which mean you no longer need telephone lines or cables. This solution offers extremely low latency and is great for rural areas, where the fibre/ADSL infrastructure is less available.


It is safe to say that connectivity solutions have jumped leaps and bounds in the last few decades and as the demand for faster, more reliable connections increases, the technology will get better and better. If you are looking for the best in internet solutions, get in touch with a reputable FNO (Fibre Network Owner) and ISP (Internet Service Provider) who will set you up with a fibre line.