At first, you may think that uncapped Fibre for business is the obvious way to go (and it should be), but many Internet Fibre Providers are not too upfront about their fine print, and it is this which makes uncapped Fibre – or any internet data option – questionable – because this has the potential to seriously hamper the productivity of your workforce.
Many Fibre providers promote their packages as “uncapped” but the small print explains that when you’ve reached the monthly threshold of their Fair Use Policy, your connection will be throttled (slowed down).
This article will explain uncapped Fibre in detail, and why, when all’s said and done, it is the provider of your business Fibre which makes all the difference, and you should determine your uncapped Fibre package by a provider, not by package which may proclaim one thing but mean something else altogether.
Uncapped Fibre vs. capped Fibre
Uncapped Fibre means your business can use as much data as you like, in a certain period of time, usually for the month, whereas capped Fibre means that your data is capped; you can only use a certain amount of data each month before the connection is severed.
But, before you get excited about uncapped Fibre, read the following because not all uncapped data is equal:
Not all uncapped Fibre is equal
Somebody’s gotta pay for the data, so many ISPs who offer uncapped Fibre, do so conditionally. In other words, they’re going to make up for the money they lose by shaping or throttling your uncapped data.
Here’s what this essentially means: uncapped Fibre is best for business, but when it’s shaped and throttled, you may need to think twice.
Service providers in South Africa are rather fond of shaping uncapped data, which means that in order not to overwhelm the network, they slow down the data rate used to access some sites during peak hours; i.e. the speed of your connection to certain sites decreases.
Throttling is even worse because instead of targeting specific sites, the overall line speed is slowed down for all internet users.