It is nearly impossible these days to live without an internet connection. And there is a good reason for that! Almost everything we do on a day to day basis is online-based or is linked to some online task. So by now, you must know or at least heard about fibre internet. Perhaps you have heard about it in passing or swift conversations with others, but it has been a big part of the internet world for a long time, and more and more people are opting for fibre internet than ever before. If you don’t know anything about the fastest, most reliable internet connection technology in the world, here is some basic information as well as a few fun facts!
Let’s start with the basics. Fibre internet technology is known as the fastest, most reliable and safest technologies on the market today. The technology delivers high-speed internet access to homes and businesses all over the world, and it works with glass and light! Fibre optic cables are made up of thousands of small glass fibres that are smaller than a thread of hair. These small fibres transmit data to one another through the use of light signals. This is why the cables are so fast: the technology literally uses the speed of light to work. Fibre is the latest and greatest in internet technology, but it has actually been around for years! The first fibre optic cable was used to connect the USA to France and Britain in 1988. And the technology has just been growing worldwide ever since!
Fibre optics was first introduced in South Africa around 2008. And although fibre is still being installed in many areas in South Africa, a large portion of the country already have access to this new technology. Fibre internet technology is continually evolving and so, we can expect that the implementation of the new technology will continue to be rolled out. Some of the biggest challenges when it comes to rolling out optic fibre internet technology comes down to finances and competition. Costs to install these high tech cables can be quite high, and because the technology is so fast, reliable and therefore, popular, the competition is big amongst ISPs, too.
Here are a few more facts about fibre:
– Fibre was first introduced in South Africa around 2008 when it became open access to everyone. It grew through the years in popularity and today, South Africa has a very good fibre infrastructure with l large portion in the country already having access.
– Optic fibre is a green technology due to its reduced energy consumption compared to other connection types. Fibre is also better for the environment than other kinds of internet technology like copper cables. Unlike copper cables, the materials used to make optic fibre cables can never run out or become depleted! Fibre is made out of Silicon Dioxide, – the second most abundant element on earth.
– The fastest speed ever recorded on a single optical fibre line is 43 Tbps (terabits per second).
– Fibre optic technology only uses light to transmit data – no electrical signal passes through the cables themselves.
There are many benefits to having fibre internet installed in your home or business. Here are a few of the main reasons why you will benefit from a fibre line:
– It is the fastest internet technology available on the market today. Fibre speeds can reach up to 10Gbps and although this speed would be unnecessary for a simple fibre to the home line, businesses can benefit greatly from such high-speed lines. There are various speeds available suited to various needs: a home speed generally ranges between 20Mbps – 200Mbps and the speed that is more suited to your home will depend on what you will use the fibre line for.
– Fibre is a lot more reliable than any other kind of internet technology. Fibre makes use of light to transmit data as opposed to copper cables or radio wavelengths or frequencies. Copper cables are susceptible to theft and external influences like lightning storms and degradation. Radio frequencies and signals are susceptible to external interference from other devices and signals. This reduces the speed and quality of your connection. Fibre optics are not affected by any external influences, and this makes it more reliable.