You’ve heard the names Fibre, LTE and ADSL bandied about by tech types, neighbours and quite possibly your own children, but what exactly is the difference between the three? Well, we’ve put together a handy quick guide which will not only inform you about the difference between the 3, but also why you should use (or not use) them.
Fibre-optic cable is a technology that might sound like science fiction, but it is very much a modern technology that has already revolutionised the way we use the internet. It is without a doubt the fastest and cleanest way to provide high capacity digital traffic to businesses and homes around South Africa. Many people will be surprised to read that fibre has been used for decades in Local Area Networks (LANs), and has been an important part of the world’s communication network for some time. But now, thanks to companies such as MacroLan, fibre has become a part of everyday life and is replacing T1s and DSL in many global networks.
Three years ago a team of scientists from the United States, Scotland and Germany discovered that by twisting the light within fibre optic strands internet speeds could be made to go 100 times faster. However there was a problem, as a detector was needed to read the information travelling in the twisted light and the only one able to do this was the size of a dining table. This however has changed, as a new team of researchers and designers from RMIT University in Australia have created a new detector which is the size of a human hair. This technology could now be harnessed to upgrade every fibre optic network in the world as well as be used to create the first chip capable of deciphering the twisted light data within a mobile device environment. This could change the way we use the internet!
Want to know more? Then take a look at this video that explains not just how the light within a fibre optic cable can be twisted, but also how the new detector will work.
The internet has become an integral part of almost all South Africans lives, but choosing the right internet service and internet service provider can be more difficult than it seems. To ensure that you make the right choice we’ve added this simple self-help guide to assist you.