Friday, September 4, 2020

What is Fixed LTE?


What is Fixed LTE?

Fixed LTE stand for Fixed Long Term Evolution and is a 4G wireless broadband standard.

Fixed LTE offers higher bandwith, meaning better connection speeds, multimedia streaming, online gaming, video streaming etc. you will however need a compatible router for this service to work.  Not all the devices are compatible with the networks.  Some manufacturers fail to live up to the expectations when supplying the hardware.  Therefore, before buying the hardware, ask your service provider for the which hardware is compatible with the network and package you sign up for.

For the best experience you will also need a service provider that has a solid coverage in the area you will be using the service.


Fixed broadband is a high speed internet connection in your home or office.  The service is delivered through the provider's network cables.  It connects to a router, which you can then connect to all your devices through Wi-Fi or an Ethernet cable.

The service often requires line of sight access between the subscriber and a ground station.  Trees and hills can cause obstruction. Rain or fog can affect the quality of the service.

Unlike mobile Internet services, fixed wireless service is tied to one physical access point per subscriber and does not support roaming.

Fixed LTE concept is a fixed access broadband product with a fixed cost per month depending on the internet package signed up for. The user experience in each household or business is similar to VDSL connection and service.

Fixed LTE connection or service is offered to businesses and households that are not feasible for fibre connection.

For network coverage and compatible devices, please feel free to contact us.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

ADSL Shutdown


What is happening to ADSL?

Openserve has made an announcement of a big ADSL shutdown across South Africa. They have notified ISP’s that copper will be terminated on 1 September 2020  where Fibre connectivity is available.

“To this end, we will therefore be discontinuing all existing DSL and Openserve Copper Connect (OCC) services in these areas,” Openserve said.

Shutting down or termination of  this service, forms part of the drive to upgrade services to the next generation technology.

What does this mean?

In simpler terms, many ADSL subscriber in the affected areas need to get a new internet connection by next month.

Fibre is the preferred option with speeds up to 1GBps.  It is a much more reliable internet connection, because it uses light to transmit data. It is the perfect connection for businesses and homes.

Have a look at this video for a full explanation of Fibre.

How does this benefit me?

Business:  will be able to store and access data quickly, streamlining your communication and business practices

For full explanation on Fibre to the business have a look at this video.

Home: Stream your favourite shows, watch Youtube.  Excellent for working from home activities such a video conferencing, studying online, home school even online gaming.

For a full explanation on Fibre to the Home have a look at this video.

Upgrade to Fibre now

Great options are available at the ISP’s, offering affordable fibre packages. 

Please do not hesitate to contact us packages, feasibility and or other internet solutions available.

Source of information: MyBroadband

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

DSL vs Fibre - What is the best solution?

DSL vs Fibre

You have most likely come across different networks while shopping for an internet solution for your home or business.  The most common internet connections are Fibre Optic, DSL, Satellite, Wireless or the new trend Fixed LTE.  Each network type is different in the way they transfer data, and each offer their own unique advantages.
What is the best solution between DSL and Fibre Optic? As all networks, these connections also highlight pros and cons. 
What is DSL?

A Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) is an internet connection delivered via a telephone line.  Telephone Lines are mostly made out of copper. In short, DSL transmit data using electricity over copper cable and can be affected by electromagnetic interference which can weaken the signal.
Did you know you get different types of DSL? Most definitely, but not all the types of DSL ae used in every country. 

What types are there?
  • ·       R-ADSL – Rate Adaptive Digital Subscriber. It supports symmetric data transmission (equal download and Upload Speed)
  • ·       ADSL- Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber.  This connection gives higher download speed than upload speed
  • ·       ADSL Lite – Lower speed version of ADSL with a download speed upto 1mbps and upload speed of 512kbps.
  • ·       HDSL- High Bit-Rate Digital Subscriber.  Provides a symmetric connection with down and upload speeds that are equal.  This is useful in videoconferencing
  • ·       IDSL- ISDN Digital Subscriber Line – ISDL is an Always On connection
  • ·       SDSL- Symmetric Digital Subscriber Line- Supports symmetric data transmission upto 1.54 mbps
  • ·       VDSL- Very High Bit-Rate Digital Subscriber- VDSL is the fastest of all DSL connections and can provide transmission between 13-52 mbps download speed and 1.5 – 2.3 mbps upload stream over a single pair copper wire
  • ·       VDSL2 – Very High Bit-Rate Digital Subscriber Line 2- Faster than VDSL with transmission upto 100mbps

DSL is available in most areas and offers competitive speeds for users that are seeking basic connectivity. The further you are away from your nearest Exchange such as Telkom, the slower your speed will be.  DSL also requires a lot of maintenance which means that there are reliability issues.
What is Fibre Optic Internet?

Fibre Internet is the fastest thing this side of the sun and everybody is talking about it.  So what is all the fuss about? Is it simply about speed, or is there more?
Fibre Optic is flexible, hair thin strand of glass which transmit pulses of light.  They are so small that they are bundles into larger cables called “Fibre Optic Trunks” containing multiple Fibre lines which can carry multiple signals at once.
In short, Fibre harnesses the speed of light by transferring data through means of glass cabling which make the fastest most reliable form of connectivity available. Fibre is less vulnerable to interference.
This technology offers clarity in data transfers and can travel up to 50km to/from an exchange before any degradation in speed takes place. It is much easier to maintain than DSL and you do not need a landline.  This technology can be use at your home (FTTH -Fibre to the Home) or business (FTTB- Fibre to the Business). 
With Fibre Internet you can get down and upload speeds upto 1000mbps. Isn’t that fantastic?
The biggest drawback to Fibre at the moment is that it may not be available in many locations due to infrastructures that are not available or not ready. However, it is worth checking your coverage and feasibility.
Bottom Line: DSL may be cheaper than Fibre Optic Internet, but not necessarily in value because Fibre offers a faster, more reliable connection.  But in availability the comparison is not close.