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The Future of Business Fibre in South Africa

Right now, business Fibre in South Africa is only available where the cables have been installed and lit, but because of the benefits of Fibre, the number of businesses and homes switching to Fibre is on an ever-upward annual rise.

Actually, passing at least one trench filled with engineers and a roll of Fibre optic cable is not an uncommon sight when driving in northern Joburg.

Fibre may still be targeted to the affluent, but the more users of Fibre to the business, the cheaper it will become.

Let’s take a look at the future of business Fibre in South Africa:

A future of new connectivity

Although mentions of business Fibre in South Africa have exploded these last few years, Fibre in South Africa is not new.

In fact, it’s already been in existence for the last several years, but ECN reports that there’s a big boost in Fibre connectivity due to the Fibre infrastructure being rolled out.

Much of the infrastructure is being rolled out primarily in metropolitan areas; currently, Johannesburg and Cape Town have the greatest coverage:

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The blue splotches demonstrate Fibre coverage: Cape Town and Johannesburg currently have the largest Fibre coverage in South Africa.

Fibre to the business coverage in South Africa is set to increase dramatically annually. What this ultimately means is that connectivity will become faster and more reliable, and optic Fibre prices may drop.

Currently, ADSL is still the top internet connectivity method, but that is set to change as Fibre coverage increases.

Businesses that opt for business Fibre are able to conduct more transactions, host more online meetings and webinars, use more software and generally increase all online usage as a result.

Check if your location has Fibre coverage.

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Business Fibre benefits drive growth

Fibre coverage in South Africa is lagging, although growing daily, and is available to businesses of any size, as well as home offices and for home use.  

The top benefits of business Fibre – for any size business – include:

  1. Significant increase in speed. While ADSL and LTE were considered the fastest in internet connectivity in SA, with speeds of up to 40 Mbps for ADSL and 50 MBps for LTE, Fibre internet speeds currently reach 1 Gbps and that is set to increase. What this means for business, is greater productivity.
  2. The ability to use more cloud services. With greater speed, comes the ability to use more cloud services. This is especially useful for small to medium-sized business who can’t afford heavy software fees, and can instead make use of SaaS services, which are in the cloud. Think CRM software and eliminating MS Word in exchange for Google Docs; all of which are automatically saved in the cloud.
  3. Increased productivity. With increased access to cloud applications comes higher productivity because these services can be accessed in live time from anywhere in the world.
  4. Reliability. Fibre optic cables are way more reliable than their copper counterparts which are used for ADSL connectivity, and are not influenced by weather or other external forces. Again, this means increased productivity for any sized business.

Find out what to consider when deciding on Fibre to the business in South Africa.

BitCo’s business Fibre options for any sized company

BitCo offers 11 different business Fibre options for any sized company, whether for a one-man freelancer, or a global conglomerate.

Packages start with speeds of 10 Mbps to make it affordable for the startup company, with the fastest option being a lightning-fast 1 Gbps.

The difference between BitCo’s business Fibre packages compared to our competitors is that all our packages are:

  • Uncapped: there is no data limit or data cut-off.
  • Uncontented: the connection is not affected by other users.
  • Synchronous: upload and download speeds are the same.

Take our online connectivity guide to find the perfect solution for your business!

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