Fibre Internet has revolutionised the telecoms industry over the last few years. At home or in the office, the advent of lightning-fast internet has completely changed the way we work and play! Here are 5 reasons why you should switch now if you haven’t already!
Honestly, this isn’t as ominous as it sounds! When we say that the world is getting smarter, we’re simply referring to the number of smart devices out there. Gone are the days where the only devices competing for bandwidth on your connection were a couple of phones and laptops.
Almost all modern televisions, security systems, climate control devices and even things like washing machines and fridges can all be classified as internet-based devices. In addition to this, many homes are phasing out satellite television in favour of streaming services. All of this requires more bandwidth than an ADSL or LTE connection can provide.
Hollywood Connect’s fast fibre internet offers you symmetric speeds. This means that your uploads won’t affect your downloads and vice-versa. This isn’t the case when it comes to ADSL and LTE where downloading and uploading at the same time would see your speeds come to a grinding halt.
If you take a 100Mbps product with Hollywood Connect, you will be able to simultaneously upload as well as download at these speeds without any sort of degradation in the quality of the connection.
Fibre is a lot hardier than copper. It’s also far less susceptible to extreme weather conditions, electrical interference and physical damage. Additionally, fibre doesn’t really have any scrap value so it’s not going to yanked out of the ground and sold by criminals.
All of this equates to fewer maintenance issues and most importantly, virtually no downtime on your end. This means that you can game, stream and browse to your heart’s desire knowing that you’ve got the best possible connection with one of country’s best fibre providers.
There’s nothing out there that can match the speeds offered by fibre internet. ADSL/VDSL maxed out at speeds of just 40Mbps. And even then, you’d probably never get those sorts of speeds unless you lived down the road from the exchange.
When it comes to 5G, the theoretical maximums are through the roof by the reality on the ground is slightly different. Take a look at this MyBroadband piece which looks mobile 5G speeds throughout South Africa. The average download speeds vary between around 175 – 238Mbps while uploads hover between 30 – 40Mbps.
Hollywood Connect’s fastest package of 1000Mbps (1 Gbps) absolutely blows those numbers out of the water!
While installation might not be as simple as the plug and play solutions offered by LTE, getting your fibre internet installed at home is simple compared to ADSL. Some of our older readers might be familiar with the woes of the old copper installations: technicians arriving at odd hours, weeks long lead times and holding for ages for an available call centre agent while listening to that “do do do” hold tune.
Fibre installation is quick and easy. Generally speaking, a technician will be out to complete your installation within a day or two. A single strand of fibre is run into your home through a small hole in the wall. This connects to your ONT and router. Once the physical installation is complete it can take around 24 hours for your line to become active.
Fibre internet offers you almost unmatched flexibility. Whether you want to upgrade/downgrade your speeds or even switch ISPs, the process is painless. Most ISPs will even give you a test account to tide you over while your line sits in the holding pool as you switch from one provider to another.
One thing to keep in mind when upgrading your speeds is your router. Some routers can only transmit data up to certain speeds. When upgrading, make sure that your hardware can deal with your desired speed.
Fibre internet employs the use of fibre optic cables to connect users to the inters instead of legacy copper cables. These cables use light to transmit data instead of electricity resulting in infinitely better bandwidth capability.
Hollywood Connect currently offers product speeds of up to 1Gbps. At this sort of speed, you can expect to download a 10GB file in around 1 minute and 20 seconds.