SA nearing the end of ADSL: What this means for fibre
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It will soon be the end of ADSL in South Africa. Running on outdated technologies, ADSL internet connections are being phased out and replaced by fibre. In the next few years, ADSL will no longer be an option for citizens. Taking its place, fibre internet is becoming the new normal when it comes to home or work connectivity. 

ADSL internet runs on copper telephone lines. These cables are easily damaged or stolen. This results in drops in connectivity or extended downtime while technicians work to get things back up and running. Fibre, on the other hand, runs a fibre optic cable network that is much more robust, stable and reliable than ADSL. As ADSL connectivity becomes redundant, the fibre optic market is set for exponential growth.  

The end of ADSL in South Africa

ADSL has already been turned off in a number of metropolitan and residential areas. As soon as fibre becomes available, residents and business owners are moving to this connectivity option and leaving their ADSL connections behind. While Telkom promises not to disconnect ADSL customers that don’t have the option for fibre, these places are few and far between. 

The decommissioning of ADSL is widespread. Telkom plans to replace its entire copper-based network with fibre optics in coming years. Fast adoption rates for fibre indicate how these next generation technologies are favoured by the digital generation. Copper broadband does not have the same capabilities, flexibility and reliability as fibre. 

Fibre vs ADSL 

Fibre internet uses fibre optic technology to provide internet connectivity to computers, televisions, telephone systems. Data is transmitted in the form of light signals that run on glass fibres. Despite being very thin compared to metal ADSL cables, fibre optic cables are a lot more robust and reliable. Fibre optics support higher bandwidth and can transmit data over longer distances at faster speeds. 

Users experience fewer drops in connections and save money. With ADSL, users have to pay for the phone line in addition to their internet connection. On average, a 25 Mbps connection with fibre will cost R400 per month. For a similar package with ADSL, users can expect to pay around R700 a month plus fees for the phone line rental. 

With ADSL, users are locked into long contracts, usually 36 months. Reputable internet service providers (ISPs), such as WonderNet, offer month-to-month fibre contracts with free installation and any-time upgrades. 

South Africans are choosing fibre

In the last few years, there has been a massive boom in internet traffic in South Africa. More people than ever before are now connected to the world wide web. We’ve started streaming more films and series, playing games online and making more video calls. To get the most out of these activities, we need a fast internet connection with symmetrical download and upload speeds. ADSL connections generally have different upload and download speeds. What’s more, when more users are connected to ADSL, the whole network slows down. 

Fibre is not affected by the number of users. These days, fibre can reach up to 1 Gbps, while ADSL generally has speeds of up to 35 Mbps. More South Africans are choosing fibre because of its superior performance. 

Nearing the end of ADSL in SA: What about LTE?

As we near the end of ADSL, South Africans are considering other internet options, including LTE. This type of connection works on mobile phone networks and is popular in places where fibre isn’t yet available. For those living in more suburban areas, it doesn’t make sense to get a mobile connection

LTE contracts are usually capped packages. This means that there is a limit as to how much data you can use every month. If you go over your limit, you’ll either be cut off or need to pay out-of-bundle rates. With a reputable fibre provider, like WonderNet, there are no limits as to how much data you can use. All our packages are uncapped and unthrottled, meaning that you can have as much screen time as you want at your given line speed. 

Replacing ADSL with a fibre connection

South Africa’s deteriorating copper network is characterised by unreliable internet speed and performance. Fibre technologies provide an essential upgrade to South Africa’s digital economy. Smart homes and offices, digital lifestyle and communication platforms, remote work and e-learning are supported by fibre infrastructure. 

Entire neighbourhoods and residential estates are switching to fibre as soon as it becomes available. World-class fibre direct to residents’ homes adds value to the property. Landlords, homeowners and property developers favour fibre internet because it attracts buyers and tenants. 

Setting up a fibre connection

WonderNet brings high speed fibre to homes and offices across South Africa. We have partnered with leading fibre network operators (FNOs) to deliver super fast internet that is affordable and reliable. Check availability in your area using our fibre coverage map. Look for your address and search for FNOs in your area. You’ll quickly be able to know what WonderNet can offer you. 

You can choose from a range of different packages to suit your needs and budget. Whether you are a single person with just a cell phone and a laptop or a family of six, we have a fibre package that is right for you. Make sure you are ready for the end of ADSL in South Africa! For more information about our fibre offerings or to get a quote for an internet upgrade, please contact us today or check if we’re connected to your address

WonderNet brings affordable broadband internet to South African homes. We work alongside leading fibre network providers to maximise our reach and to offer fast, reliable and secure internet connectivity to your home. We are owned by SEACOM; one of Africa’s top information and communications technology (ICT) companies with an expansive network of subsea cables, landlines and fibre connections. WonderNet strives to offer the best customer service in the country. We will go above and beyond to ensure that our customers are satisfied with their internet access.

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