Goodbye ADSL, Hello Fibre

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So there’s a new kid on the block and their name is fibre. Just like most ‘new kids’, we all want to know who they are and what makes them special. The best way to know them is to compare them to the golden oldie – ADSL.

We all know that ADSL uses telephone lines to transmit data along copper cables from your nearest telephone exchange to your home. While fibre uses fibre optic cables to transmit data. So what makes fibre better? Fibre has the potential to travel at the speed of light which means that it is not affected by your distance from the exchange. More so, it can handle much higher volumes of traffic without your download speeds/streaming being affected.

Then comes reliability, fibre is far more stable and superior to ADSL as the copper lines which ADSL uses can be affected by the climate while the fibre optics are not affected. And the best part about Fibre is that new ways might be found to transmit light data even faster without the infrastructure becoming redundant. Lastly, when it comes to pricing, fibre cabling itself is similar in price to the copper used for ADSL, but much easier to maintain. The only downside to fibre is that since its new – it is not available in a lot of areas. Having said all of this, we do see understand the relevance of the new kid on the block.