When looking into choosing the right Business Fibre, there are two aspects that are of the utmost importance:
- The needs of your business, and
- Which ISP (Internet Service Provider) to go with.
Why? Either of these can wreak havoc across your company.
To follow is the only comprehensive, humanly laid out South African guide to understanding Fibre to the business and choosing the right package and supplier:
Impact of choosing the wrong Business Fibre
Unlike other types of internet connectivity, there’s not much that can go wrong with Fibre if you’re a one-man show.
But the minute you add another two people who use the internet heavily at the same time, the wrong Business Fibre package will negatively impact daily tasks, hampering productivity, leading to…? Only you will know.
The bigger the business, the more devastating the choice of the wrong Business Fibre package. Only will your company truly understand the implications of decreased productivity and efficiency across departments. It might even mean a loss of income.
Types of Business Fibre = speed
There are two types of Business Fibre, which really means that there are two types of internet speed (where Fibre is concerned), and these are:
- FTTN: Fibre to the node is when there is a Fibre connection in your area, but the connection to your premises from the Fibre cable may not be Fibre optic. Translated? This type of speed, although still much faster than ADSL is not the fastest option available.
- FTTP: Fibre to the premises is the fastest option, because the Fibre connection in your area, as well as to your building, is Fibre optic.
How to choose the right Business Fibre speed?
An ISP should offer various packages, but how do you choose which package you’ll need? Here’s a breakdown:
5 – 10 Mbps:
- Fibre speeds, and reliable.
- Good for home offices with 1 to 3 devices, and used for browsing, email and light social media.
- Allows for VoIP.
25 – 50 Mbps:
- Starting to get really fast, and the connection is very reliable.
- Good for up to 5 devices. This option can be used for HD streaming for all 5 devices at the same time. Good for gamers.
100 – 200 Mbps:
- High speed for heavy online usage.
- Good for 5 devices, all of which are used for intensive online activity all at the same time. Examples: 4K streaming, gaming, video calls.
300 Mbps – 1 Gbps:
- High speed and very reliable Fibre to the business for heavy online usage
- The more devices that are connected will determine the necessary speed for multiple devices used at the same time.