Fibre Download Speed

How Fast Is Fibre Download Speed vs. Broadband Download Speeds

Fibre is the latest and greatest internet technology available today, there is no doubt about that, and many companies and homes are investing in Fibre optics for that reason. Fibre optic technology is the fastest, most reliable connectivity technology today, with Fibre download speeds being the highest, because it makes use of glass fibres and transmits data through light signals. This technology is the most advanced tech on the market today and internet providers across the world are offering various packages that suit every business or home internet need.

Some Fibre packages offer an uncapped internet connection, while others offer capped packages. In addition to this, there are also different internet line speeds to choose from. The faster the line, the faster your connection. Upload and download speeds are different and something to consider before choosing a package.

Like any internet service, Fibre download speeds depend on your connection. Fibre is not distance-sensitive like other kinds of connectivity solutions. Fibre is the fastest internet connectivity option available today. You can download faster, and Fibre is a lot more reliable than any other kind of connection. Fibre is faster than the average broadband speeds of South Africa, and this includes download speeds. You can download more and faster with Fibre compared to the older broadband technologies. This is due to the advanced technology of the glass fibres used in Fibre optics. Other internet connection technologies like broadband rely on copper cables to transmit the data. These copper cables are easily affected by bad weather, degradation and theft, where Fibre is not. This makes Fibre the most reliable and fastest of the two.

Fibre optic connection speeds are incredibly fast and this is why most businesses and homes are opting for Fibre for fast internet connection. Fibre speeds can range from 10Mbps up to 1Gbps where broadband usually only reaches line speeds of 40Mbps. Homes generally only need connection speeds of between 10Mbps up to 100/200Mbps, which is very fast. The faster speeds are usually more suited for businesses due to more internet connection needs and uses.

The more your internet connection will be used for, the higher line speed you will require. For basic internet connection like working from home, streaming shows and movies, checking emails and doing research, a line speed of up to 50-100Mbps should be fine. However, if you are planning on gaming or running home automation, VoIP and security, you might need a line that is higher.

If you are still not sure whether Fibre is more superior to broadband, here is a speed comparison table:

Length and type of media Approximate size 1Mbps 5Mbps 10Mbps 20Mbps 100Mbps 1000Mbps (Gigabit)
4-minute song 4 MB 30s 5s 3s 1.5s 0.3s 0.03s
5-minute video 30 MB 3m 40s 26s 13s 2.5s 0.2s
9-hour audiobook 110 MB 10m 2m 1.5m 46s 9.2s 0.9s
45-minute TV show 200 MB 20m 5m 3m 1.5m 16s 1.7s
45-minute HDTV show 600 MB 1h 15m 8.5m 4m 50s 5s
2-hour movie 1.0-1.5 GB 2h 24m 21.5m 10.5m 1.5m 8s
2-hour HD movie 3.0-4.5 GB 6h 72m 60m 32m 4.5m 25s
Misc. Archive 10 GB Forget it Nope Too long Slow Better 1m 20s

As you can see from the table above, a higher line speed means faster internet connection, faster downloads and less frustration.

BitCo offers a range of Home Fibre options.  All of our packages are month to month, meaning no contracts or long term agreements are needed. We will install your router to use for free, and all of our lines are uncapped without any shaping or throttling. We also offer 24/7 support and services 365 days a year, so if you are in need of assistance, no matter what time, we will be there. We are well established and reputable, with over 13 years’ experience in the industry, and we are the official internet service provider to Cricket SA and The Proteas.

Getting a fast internet connection is easy. Follow these easy steps:

  1. Check your home coverage options with us
  2. View our package options and select your order
  3. Complete the online form to complete your order
  4. Check your email for the confirmation email
  5. Wait for our team to be in touch!

It’s as easy as that!

Check your home coverage here and let us help you guide you into which Home Fibre line you should be using!

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