In 2019, the internet has become a staple necessity to life, along with having a job, routine entertainment and a place to find semi-reliable knowledge; the internet provides avenues to all these requirements. The internet has revolutionised our way of life and has come a long way since inception.
Ask a Gen Z kid, “what’s a dial-up connection?" and he might look at you with a sense of bemuse on his face. The world has vastly changed since the good old dial up connection days of sitting at your mom’s dining room table, praying a relative doesn’t call up on the house phone, interrupting your almost stable connection of 700 kbps. But since the mid 2000’s, ADSL provided a more stable connection but brought through matters of copper theft and weather interference on your line. Enter LTE (Long Term Evolution), a little under a decade later and we’re blown away by its fast yet stable connection and the ability to take it along with you! Finally, Fibre connections starts making its appearances and we’re in awe; fixed connections with speeds that can go up to 100mbps! Wow! But with all these revolutionizing internet connections, LTE and Fibre remain the most desirable.
Let’s break down how they work, the pros and cons of the two:
Lightning LTE: LTE Broadband has become all the rage since ADSL. The promise of better speeds and stable connection tantalized potential customers all over the country. Take it with you and so long as you have coverage, you have internet connection.
How it works?
LTE (Long Term Evolution) is a connectivity method that is used to connect to the mobile network. Faster than 3G, it is a type of 4G connection that provides reliable connection and faster speeds. LTE provides greater bandwidth, allowing increased data to be carried faster between provider and the LTE device you are utilising. In the past, 2G and 3G connectivity worked a bit differently, where the network provider used 2 different methods to maintain communications; your data and a voice/SMS network. LTE, however, is IP based and able to do both on the same network. South African’s get around 20Mbps of download speed.
If you opt for a Fibre connection; your internet connectivity is dependent on fibre optic cables. Fibre optic cables are thin glass fibre threads that utilise light and are bundled together to carry digital data signals; bringing you unlimited information at superspeed. It is currently the latest and most advantageous connectivity method in the country; however, is limited based on coverage. Depending on the fibre provider, your area may have fibre infrastructure and you would just need installation of a small box called an ONT (Optical Network Terminal), to your home. You would then connect a LAN cable to your router and you’re good to go.
Choosing a type of internet connection and an ISP can be a daunting task. But here are some factors to consider: