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Why is Fibre faster than ADSL?

You’ve probably seen this on a billboard on your way home: “Fibre is faster than ADSL”. But what exactly does that mean to you as the user? 

Is there a difference between a 20 Mbps DSL line and a 20 Mbps Fibre line?

Absolutely! It all comes down to stability. A fibre line is insulated so it is not susceptible to noise and bad weather. You will get closest to 20 Mbps as possible – if not on the dot. ADSL uses copper, it is not as stable as fibre optics cable and is susceptible to distortion and interference due to bad weather. 

Let’s look at the main differences side by side 


Fibre  
ADSL 
Uses fiber optics cable.Uses copper cable. 
Fibre is stable. ADSL less stable but offers almost the same benefits.
Installation requires that technicians come out and dig to lay the cable. There’s no digging required, the infrastructure is there already.
Installation cost.No installation cost through Afrihost cost.
No voice line required.Voice line rental through Openserve (not optional)

From Dial Up to ADSL 

We have come a long way since the days of dial up, which was in many ways the forefather of ADSL and fibre.

Dial up internet used the infrastructure of a telephone landline to establish an internet connection, which used to reach speeds of up to 56 kbps. In the days of dial up, you wouldn’t be able to stream video or play the videogames like we do today. High quality images took too long to load.

Then came ADSL. The technology worked off the same telephone landline. ADSL made the dream to stream a reality. ADSL speeds kept improving and eventually we got to speed of 40 Mbps, depending on your area.

Fibre comes to the party 

In the noughties, fibre the new kid on the block arrived. Internet can now reach speeds of about 1 Gbps. This is mind-blowing if you consider where we started. The use of fibre optic cable solved the issue of stability present with copper cable. 

The biggest consideration with fibre, is to check availability in your area. In some cases, you may be covered for ADSL and Fixed Wireless solutions, which are good alternatives to enjoy the same activities online.

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