ADSL vs VDSL vs Fibre- do you know the difference?
Is VDSL just a faster version of ADSL and why is fibre better than VDSL?
ADSL and VDSL are over copper, ADSL is 20Mbps and below, max 1Mbps upload if on 10Mbps, else 512Kbps. VDSL is 20 or 40Mbps, 2 or 3Mbps upload. ADSL has about 15% of line used for overheads (you will never get 10Mbps, but rather ~8.5Mbps).
Fiber is the future, lower latency, less noise issues, less maintenance, faster speeds for cheaper (depending on the provider), no loss in maximum line speed due to distance as well.
If you can, always go the fiber route. Fiber also allows a lot higher upload than ADSL/VDSL, this is especially useful for businesses when they want to have video conferences/file backups.
In simple terms, VDSL uses the same copper lines as ADSL which makes it prone to to the same issues ADSL has with outages due to cable theft. Fibre uses a plastic cable which has little resale value so in theory, thieves wouldn't have much use for it.
Fibre is also more stable at distance from the connection point to the main network i.e. attenuation is less of an issue over distance. Fibre also has the capacity to carry more data instantaneously (bandwidth) than copper.
So the crux is that fiber won't get congested and you get full speeds.
Would it get choked if TV, was delivered via fiber instead of satellite?
Contention for back-end bandwidth would still apply regardless of how much bandwidth your personal fiber connection could deliver. Yes it's still possible your provider could over-subscribe his network and cause some congestion. However, this is way more unlikely with fiber than ADSL.
What you'll need
A Fibre to the Home Line
A FTTH line is what connects the Fibre from your boundary wall to a location inside the home or business that you are wanting to get connected.
A WAN (Wide area network) Router
What is Fibre?
Fibre is the newest, fastest and most exciting connectivity type out there. But there are a lot of names being thrown around. So what’s what?
Fibre is the actual technology, which is named after the fibre optic cables that use light impulses to carry data instead of the electrical impulses transmitted on traditional ADSL copper cables. The light bounces along thin glass fibre tubes at the speed of light, which makes it very, very fast. And since there are no copper cables, it’s also theft and weather proof.
Fibre to the home (or FTTH) is the roll-out of the fibre cables to homes and small businesses.
How does Fibre work?
Fibre has an abundance of product choices, which can be intimidating. However, with all these choices, you can make sure that you find the perfect product to suit your needs. You also have a choice as to who supplies your connectivity infrastructure, meaning that you are not limited to only Telkom lines as you are with ADSL.
There are two players – the infrastructure provider and the data product provider.
There are a number of infrastructure providers, both big and small, who lay the fibre optic cables – unlike copper cables, which are only laid by Telkom. These infrastructure providers lay the fibre cable from the street to the inside of your home, where it is then connected to a router inside your home that broadcasts a WiFi signal for your laptop, smartphones and tablets to connect to.
Data Product Providers
Data Product Providers are companies that offer data products on top of this infrastructure. As a time saver and value add, Data Product Providers does all the arranging and planning on a customer's behalf, which means there is the added convenience of talking to only one company to arrange your installation.
Say goodbye to buffering and slow speeds.
How frustrating is it when you’re listening to music or watching a YouTube video, and all of a sudden it pauses right in the middle! Or worse, when you're gaming online, and you shoot, but get hit instead, thanks to lag! Or when you’re trying to download the latest software for your phone and it takes hours to complete!
Stream like you're watching TV.
Experience reliable Internet like never before.
Get connected without a Telkom voice line.
There's nothing worse than being forced to pay for something that you don't want. In the past, having a Telkom voice line was mandatory if you wanted fixed line Internet connectivity. But no more! With Fibre, you don't need a Telkom voice line unless you want it. Sure, you can keep it, or you can make calls using FTTH via Skype, Facetime or even WhatsApp. The choice is yours.
Fibre is continuously being rolled out across the country.
The best place to check roll-out across all areas and infrastructure providers is on the web.
The roll-out is speeding up every month and new areas are continually being added, so don't give up hope – your area might be next. If your area is not yet live, we recommend getting your community together, through your resident's association and approach one of the infrastructure providers to install Fibre in your area.