A quick and easy guide to getting fibre

The presence of fibre optic cable throughout South Africa is on the rise, and 2016 was the year where coverage increased rapidly. The upshot is that more South Africans are now able to take advantage of this new, high-speed internet highway.

In fact, as IT Web notes in a recent report, 2017 is set to be a year where companies like Link Africa double down on the infrastructure we’ve all worked hard to cultivate and embark on an active customer drive.

It’s no secret that we want people to sign up to our networks, but as we have stressed in the past, we are not an Internet Service Provider (ISP). We lay the cable and provide a network for the ISP, who is then responsible for driving customers to the product through competitive pricing.

Fibre’s advantages

Quite simply, it’s a better, faster technology, one that is set to render ADSL obsolete.

  • Make calls using Voice Over IP and dispense with your landline telephone
  • Get speeds in excess of 100 mbps, with consistent upload and download speeds for great Skype calls
  • Take advantage of a competitive environment in which competing ISPs drive the price down
  • Dispense with copper cable, which is disrupted by weather and prone to theft

The issue for many people is complexity. In its infancy, the fibre marketplace can be confusing.

So, to help you get started as best as possible, we’ve put together a short Q&A.

How do I know if fibre is in my area?  

A simple street map on our Fibre to the Home and Fibre to the Business sites illustrates whether fibre optic cable has been installed in your area, or is forthcoming.

My area’s not covered. What now?

You need to register interest for fibre optic cable to be laid in the ground. If you’re at a residential address, do it here.

There’s fibre in my area, how do I connect it?

Firstly, it’s important that you register your interest on our website. Click here to do it now for Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and here for Fibre-to-the-business (FTTB) – it only takes a couple minutes. Once registered, you can head over to one of our affiliate partners packages on the same page. Here you can choose an ISP that matches your data needs and price requirements.

Once you’ve found an ISP you like, simply head through to their portal and order your fibre!

Will I notice a difference?

Absolutely. We put together a handy infographic (below) illustrating simple differences in download time between an average ADSL connection (3 mbps) and a popular fibre connection (100 mbps).

For more information, please email: info@linkafricaftth.co.za.

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