Simple cyber: Fibre

In Plain Site by Dee During

These days, the internet is very much a necessity in everyone’s lives, almost as essential to some as light and water. With the advent of “smart” everything, from phones to internet banking, cloud-based storage, movie streaming etc, everyone is reliant on it.

Hence the excitement around fibre.

First off, what is the actual difference between fibre internet and Wi-Fi?

Transferring data

Standard broadband (ADSL) uses existing copper phone lines for transferring data, while fibre uses a network of underground fibre optic (glass) cables that are technically able to deliver high-speed data across greater distances.

This has many advantages, such as higher speeds, ease of maintenance, no landline required and, importantly, less chance of infrastructure becoming redundant over time.

Can we get fibre in rural areas?

The simple answer, no matter what you may have heard, is no. So far, only major cities and large suburbs have had fibre laid.

Bundu NetworX supplies what we call “wireless fibre”. We have a fibre line that runs up the N3 from Durban and comes to rest at our high site in Nottingham Road.

We then distribute this fibre wirelessly throughout the network, which is delivered to our customers wirelessly via our high sites. In other words, we have what is called a “fibre POP” (point of presence).

Physical fibre line

This is different to fibre in cities, where you have a physical fibre line going straight into your home and into a router.

In rural areas, to get FTTH (or fibre to the home) doesn’t make economic sense. To trench and lay fibre to reach homes that are many metres, or kilometres, apart would cost the company and the end user a fortune.

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To put it simply, there is just not enough supply and demand to justify the capital investment.

Big entities, like Telkom, Liquid Telecom, Seacom and Vumatel etc, are only targeting the areas where they can get a large return on their investment.

A few additional facts about fibre:
• All international traffic runs on undersea fibre. Going back, it was done by satellite. Going back even further, by low-capacity copper.
• Fibre cables are sometimes stolen, usually because they are mistaken for copper, but sometimes for the aluminium shielding they contain.
• Typically, fibre installations only run fibre to your house. The consumer then needs to install a router etc. Not much in the way of back-up.

So at the end of the day, go Bundu NetworX, yah muckers!

If you have any questions or queries, feel free to post them on the Bundu NetworX Facebook page or contact 087 222 9500. Alternatively, check out the website, www.bundunetworx.co.za.

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