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LTE, DSL, Fibre or Mobile – What Kind of Internet Connection is Best for You?



LTE, DSL, Fibre, capped, uncapped, upload speeds, download speeds – for some it can be a bit confusing when deciding on the best internet offering. The journey can be quite overwhelming – with many factors influencing your final decision.

We are here to ease some of the headache that comes with deciding on which service to use.



Fibre:

If you see a fibre provider rolling out the cables, this sadly doesn’t automatically mean that fibre will be available in your area. One of the first things to do with fibre is to find out if your area is fibre ready. You can have a look at the link below to see if your area has coverage and who your provider will be. (Be sure to enter your full physical address!)

Fibre Coverage Map.

Are you in a complex? Best to make sure with your Body Corporate, if there is a designated fibre provider already available.  Certain service providers sign exclusive deals with developers and estates that state they are the only fibre provider allowed to be used – this means they are the only company with access to the network.

Do you want an uncapped fibre package? If you have access to fibre it is the best internet connection to have and will allow you to stream, game and work easily. Fibre is great if you are a few people in a household who all enjoy streaming or if you work from home. Uncapped home accounts are subject to throttling, if you can, have a look at the premium fibre package offerings. We want you to get the most out of your service!

Remember, we cover your router, activation and installation costs! The only provider this differs with is Vumatel, they will invoice you separately for the installation fee. However, we will still cover the cost of your router and the activation.

LTE / Fixed Wireless:

LTE is technically still mobile data. However, it is way faster than the usual 3G connection you’re likely getting on your phone. Our Fixed Wireless packages are with Cell C – and they are coverage dependent. Click through to the link below to see if you have coverage. Once again, be sure to use your full physical address!

LTE Coverage Map.

An LTE connection is great for someone who needs to be able to update their phone apps in the evening and browse social media but isn’t necessarily looking to play video games online each night. You can also stream Netflix on a LTE connection – just make sure you have enough data.

DSL:

DSL is the older sister of the South African internet. Is it as fast as LTE and fibre?  No, however most of us who had internet at home are probably familiar with DSL.

This service requires an active Telkom line at your location, which is an additional cost on top of your data package. It is still a good option to have if you do not have fibre in your area, or coverage for Fixed Wireless networks.

Mobile:

For some, using your mobile data as a Wi-Fi hotspot was a convenient way of accessing the Internet – but this can be an expensive. It is no secret that data can end up costing you more than applying for an internet package.

Perfect for those on-the-go moments when you do not have access to Wi-Fi on location.

In terms of cellular use – it is still a fantastic option but in the long run it might be easier for you to have a look at more affordable and reliable Internet services.


I hope this has eased some of the confusion around which service to apply for, if you have any questions there are incredible staff members at hand (as well as all of us on the Social Media Team) that you can chat to about which service is best for you. We are here to help and to make this process as smooth and simple as possible!

Need some more information on other products and services? Have a look on these blogs here – 8 Online Security Tips , 3 Apps for Monitoring Mobile Data Usage and 5 Steps to keep your WiFi router safe.