Fibre to the home

How is Fibre to the Home installed?

Fibre to the home internet is the fastest, most reliable internet connection solution available on the market today, and if you haven’t started researching it as an internet solution for your home, you are missing out. Fibre internet makes use of Fibre optic technology. These glass Fibres are as big as a string of hair and are entirely made of glass. These Fibres are bundled together to form a cable, and the cables use the glass to transfer data via light. And this is what makes a Fibre connection so fast – the data travels much faster between cables via light than down a copper cable.

If you are considering having Fibre to the home connection installed to your home, there are a few things you need to confirm and understand before ordering your Fibre package, as there are a few processes involved. The first thing you would need to confirm is whether you have access to Fibre yet in your area, as Fibre has not been rolled out to all areas in South Africa, and some suburbs still need Fibre installed before you can access it. Once you have checked that Fibre is available in your area, you will be able to order a Fibre to the home package.

The next step is to arrange installation for your Fibre to the home package. Fibre installation is not a lengthy or difficult process at all. In fact, it only takes a few hours for the entire installation to be completed. Once you have decided on a Fibre to the home package, the next step would be to contact your chosen internet service provider to book a timeslot to your home to install your Fibre for you. For new Fibre installations it can take up to 2-4 weeks to have it installed into your home.

The process of installing Fibre to the home starts with the technicians assessing your home to see where the Fibre cable from the street into your home should be laid. They will then install a cable running from the Fibre box in the street into your home. They may need to drill a small hole in the wall of your home in order to feed the cable through. Once this has been done, they will connect the cable running from the street to a device called a customer premises equipment, which will most likely be situated inside your home. This little box allows you to connect the Fibre to many devices in your home.

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Once they have installed the CPE or customer premises equipment, they will pull the Fibre cable from the street into your home and into the CPE, and set up the Fibre connection there.  After the CPE installation has taken place it can take up to 24 – 48 hours for activation of the Fibre Internet Line. The ISP will activate the Internet connection for you. The ISP will also supply a Router so that you can connect all devices. These routers usually come free of charge with your Fibre to the home package, but you will need to confirm this with your internet service provider. Once the wireless has been set up, you are ready to go!

If you rent a home, you may need your landlord’s consent to install Fibre, as this is a connection type that will likely stay in the house once you move out, and if the Fibre is installed into the house, they may need to drill holes into the hole to thread the cable through, and this will require consent from your landlord. You will also need to be present when they install the Home Fibre, as the technicians will need access to your yard and home to set up the connection.

If you are still unsure whether Fibre to the home connection is for you, here are a few reasons why you should consider it:

  • Fibre costs less overall in data prices and increases the value of your home.
  • It is durable and not affected by storms or damage done by the environment. This means that your connection will not be interrupted during bad storms and that your Fibre optic cable cannot be damaged or stolen as a copper cable would.
  • It is not affected by other radio frequencies or communications.
  • Fibre optics is more environmentally-friendly. Copper reserves are drying up, but the raw materials (sand) used to make Fibre optic cables can never run out.
  • Fibre is the fastest internet connection available today.
  • Fibre is the most reliable internet connection solution.
  • The setup and installation of a Fibre to the home connection is easy and hassle-free.

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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