So you’re looking to get fibre to either your home or your business, but are not 100% sure about how to go about it. Well, we at MacroLan are here to help! First off, you need to establish if fibre is available in your neighbourhood. You can do this by taking a look at the new interactive coverage map from FibreToTheHome.co.za, which includes some of the most up-to-date fibre coverage from many of the top Fibre Service Providers in the country. Simply enter your location search in the entry field at the top of the page here to find out if you’re now in the fiberhood – It is THAT Easy!
If you are reading this MacroLan Tech Blog Post right now, there is a good chance that at some point the data used to display it in your browser travelled through a Fibre Optic Cable. This is because Fibre Optics is just one of the many technologies that we currently use every day and sometimes don’t even realise it. From telecommunications and medicine, to military and exploration capabilities, Fibre Optics is now an integral part of our lives as it helps broaden horizons, save lives and allows us to communicate instantly with people all over the world.
Everywhere you go at the moment there seems to be a fibre optics installation team laying cables. This is not just a perception, but fact and there is an over-saturation of fibre across all of South Africa’s biggest cities at the moment. In our opinion however, installations are likely to slow down dramatically within the next 2 – 3 years. This is because the current growth rate will quickly ensure that fibre becomes the main internet access option for people living in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.
MultiChoice, a company that is well-known for its innovative approach to doing business in Africa, has recognised the versatility of Fibre. This is evident in their fibre-based signal distribution system that was unveiled in the last quarter of 2017. This service is compatible with both Explora and Single-View HD DSTV Decoders, and is perfect for customers living in estates, complexes or flats as it uses a centralised satellite dish to receive a signal for all subscribers, but then distributes the individual account signals into the respective homes using a fibre network. As an added bonus, all DSTV subscribers who want to make use of the Catch Up Plus and Showmax services can do so as the DSTV fibre-based signal distribution system connects them to the internet but does not impact on the data download speeds of the signal distribution network.
Soon the question “Can I get Fibre?” is no longer going to be the one on everyone’s lips, thanks to the massive fibre optics rollout projects taking place in all major South African metros. These projects are coming to fruition as we write this article, which means that fibre-to-the-home and business fibre will become a certainty for all who want it.
Internet service providers across South Africa are in the middle of a massive growth phase as the demand for High-Speed Internet continues to increase around the country. This growth is not just commercial either, as more homes come online alongside their fibre to business stablemates. Because of this more and more homes and businesses are starting to take advantage of cloud storage and computing, which is not only bringing South Africa up to international digital economy standards, but is also helping to drive innovative thinking. This in turn is stimulating job creation as the efficiency, growth, productivity and costs savings associated with cloud computing start taking affect.
Reliability, exceptional efficiency and lightning fast speed, these are the benefits of fibre to the home, and it is helping to transform the way we interact with everything around us, even the television! At the forefront of this charge into the future of home entertainment is DSTV, who are hoping to make your home the focal point of all the entertainment access you’ll ever need. And at its heart is fibre optic digital data communication, which is exactly what we offer our customers.
The results of the MyBroadband Third Quarter of 2017 Survey on Broadband are in and as one would expect ADSL Service levels are being obliterated by the ever-increasing presence of Fibre. The survey, which was completed by almost 6,000 tech-savvy broadband subscribers (including some of the biggest names in South African IT) show that fibre users are unanimously happier with their internet service than ADSL and VDSL customers.
Earlier this month we posted about what to do once you’ve got business fibre, and we’d like to continue that conversation today. The fibre revolution is already here, and if you have not yet moved your business onto a fibre infrastructure, you’re missing out on access to some very important business dynamics. We’d also like to add that business fibre is more than just a communication tool, it is in fact a business enabler which allows you to introduce multiple innovations and continuously add and improve business strategies.
As a business owner or head of IT you’ve played a major part in making the decision to take your company out of the ADSL dark ages and into the bright future that is fibre. But what does this mean for your company, and what do you do next?