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4 No-Nonsense Reasons to Upgrade to Business Fibre

If you’ve tried various providers, or your knowledge around internet connectivity is more advanced than the average Joe, you will know that choosing the best internet connectivity can be a real mission.

This is possible because internet providers are run by technical people who don’t really “get” that most people don’t fully understand all the methods of internet access, and certainly not how to choose the right package.

(And while we’re on the topic of hard-to-understand stuff, you should also know that all ISPs (Internet Service Providers) offer different things. And actually, what’s true for one may not be true for another).

Well, that’s why we at BitCo like to clear things up. In this article, we’ll provide the reasons why you should upgrade to business Fibre. If you can get it.

1: Business Fibre is reliable

For businesses in South Africa up until this point, it has been ADSL that’s ruled the roost.

It’s the best we’ve had. But it is not as reliable as Fibre. Here’s why:

  • While Fibre optic cables are not susceptible to interference, ADSL is because of its copper cables. Because of this, it requires a lot more maintenance and this makes it a lot less reliable than Fibre. In addition, Fibre optic cables are resistant to corrosion, which makes them especially reliable in coastal areas.
  • Copper cables (for ADSL) are often stolen, but there is no purpose for stealing optic Fibre cables.
  • Business Fibre provides uninterrupted connection, while all the other methods do not, including ADSL.

2: Business Fibre is faster

The speed of course, is closely related to reliability – if you can’t rely on your speed, then your connection is not reliable.

Here’s why business Fibre is faster and more reliable than any other connection, including ADSL:

  • It’s ridiculous to think that the further your home or business is from the Exchange, the slower your speed will be. In fact, they say that if your premises is 5+ kilometres to the nearest exchange, you’d be wasting your time with ADSL. Check the fastest ADSL speed you can get in your area.
  • With Fibre, data can travel up to 50 km to or from an exchange before it starts slowing down, so if your area has Fibre coverage, it doesn’t matter how far your premises is to the exchange. Of course, if you’re considering Wifi or LTE, then you need to know that location is key, because they are susceptible to all sorts of things (see the comparison chart at the end of this article).
  • Business Fibre offers faster webpage load times, upload-download speeds and faster file transferring speeds between users.
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3: Connectivity not influenced

Now here’s where things really get interesting, because most internet connection methods are “shaped” or “throttled”, but not business Fibre, which is uncapped and uncontended. Or so it is for BitCo’s business Fibre packages (we wouldn’t be able to speak on behalf of other service providers).

So although many ISPs offer uncapped Fibre internet, the truth is that when too many people use the internet at the same time, they have shaped the data and your connection slows down for certain sites so as not to overwhelm the network. This means a loss of productivity for your business.

Business Fibre is not shaped or throttled (at least, BitCo’s is not). But do check out the ISPs Acceptable and Fair Use policy which has to disclose that.

Because business Fibre is not influenced by how many people are using the internet at the same time, your business can make use of more cloud services, and streaming because it won’t be interrupted.

The other thing to consider is that unlike all the other methods of connectivity, business Fibre speeds are not dependent on location.

4: Better network security

Fibre, whether to the home or business, provides better network security than ADSL which are copper cables. What this means is less chance of breach. In addition, the minute there may be a physical breach, there will be a total system failure, which acts as a handy alert.

Comparison chart: business Fibre vs. ADSL vs. Wifi vs. LTE


Reliability Speed Influenced/contended Secure
Business Fibre Most reliable out of all internet connections Fastest; up to 1 Gbps Not influenced or dependent on anything Enhanced network security
ADSL Most reliable after business Fibre Slowest and depends on location and provider Often; depends on provider Not as secure as Fibre; cables susceptible to corrosion, theft and electro-interference
LTE Degradation of signal the further it moves from broadcast point and susceptible to interference, environment and congestion Depends on location Often; depends on provider More secure than wifi but not as secure as Fibre


Now here’s what you need to know when deciding on whether to upgrade to business Fibre or choose one of the other methods of internet connection: excluding business Fibre, for each of the other options, you will only know your speeds once it’s installed!

Hm. Tricky.

Business Fibre is the obvious choice. The only problem is that not all locations have it. Check whether you have Fibre coverage.

Take our online connectivity guide to find the perfect solution for your business!

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