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.
Using the right web browser makes a huge difference in how you access and even relate to the internet. In 2018 Google Chrome expanded its domination of the browser world, and so far in 2019 this upward moving Chrome trend is set to continue. However, there are still some very good web browsers out there and including Chrome we have ranked them from 1 – 5.
If you are an Apple fan you’ve probably noticed the steep increase in their product costs over the last few years. One would think that as technology improved it would get cheaper, but this is not the case with Apple and it might be the fault of us the consumers…
A Second Article on Understanding Basic Hosting Terminology
Back in June we published an article about Basic Hosting Terms which has proven to be rather popular. In it we promised to continue the series with another illuminating post, which we have done so in this post below and hope you find the information as interesting as that which we included in the first.
Next year the copper wire technology that is still prevalent in South African telecoms technology is 134 years old, which in our opinion means you need to make your New Year’s Resolution a decision to move to Fibre!
Thanks to lower uncapped broadband prices and the low costing structures of Netflix both globally and in South Africa, thousands of South Africans have been dumping their DStv Premium subscriptions. In fact, the loss of subscribers that MutiChoice SA has been experiencing has led their CEO Calvo Mawela to call for ICASA to regulate Netflix, due to what he terms is “an unfair advantage”.
MacroLan is now part of Seacom and a major player in the South African Fibre Infrastructure Industry, which all started off as the Parkhurst fibre project in 2014. But before we go into more detail about the Fibre Infrastructure Operators here in South Africa, let’s take a look at the expansion history of Fibre Networks over the last 4 years.