Six fibre internet myths you should stop believing
Fibre internet optics cable against black background.
Myths can be exciting when they involve tales of magic, ancient beasts, and heroic quests. However, there’s nothing fascinating about a myth when it stands in the way of technology adoption in your business.
When it comes to the deployment of business fibre internet, there are still some popular misconceptions around this broadband solution. This is despite its positive impact on productivity and the fact that it’s now available in more areas in South Africa than ever before.
It’s not uncommon to feel reluctant to adopt fibre internet. In fact, investing in new technology is a move that should always be carefully considered. But it’s just as important that businesses don’t fall for the myths that surround fibre internet.
In this post, we’ll be debunking the most popular fibre myths. Hopefully, this will give you a better understanding of this internet solution and help you decide whether it’s time for your business to jump in.
Myth #1: Fibre internet is too expensive
Since fibre is a relatively new technology, the perception of financial barriers to deployment persists. However, fibre has never been more accessible and affordable than today. The increasing availability of fibre connections means it is becoming less expensive to install the infrastructure. As fibre is rolled out in more neighbourhoods and buildings, more businesses are signing up, bringing down the cost even further.
Myth #2: Fibre optic cables are less durable
While it is true that nothing is more fragile than glass, the idea that fibre optic cables can break easily isn’t accurate. People tend to believe this myth because the cables are much thinner and lighter than copper cables. The truth is that fibre optic cables are low maintenance. They are more resistant to pull pressure and can withstand temperature changes, severe weather, and moisture, which make them less vulnerable to damage.
Myth #3: Fibre doesn’t support wireless internet
Many people don’t know that fibre gives you the option to connect your devices wirelessly. You simply need to plug an ethernet cable into the optical network terminal (or ONT) and to a wireless router to start beaming the internet connection across your organisation. Fibre providers usually include a router as part of the package but you are free to use your own router.
Myth #4: Fibre internet is difficult to install
The hardest part of fibre installation is the construction process, which involves the placement of underground or aerial cables. This often takes time. But, once the infrastructure is complete, getting fibre to your business is relatively simple. Fibre providers will set up a small utility box – the ONT – which acts as the link between outdoor equipment and your business’ router.
Myth #5: Fibre isn’t really needed
Fibre might seem like the kind of cutting-edge technology that is more fit for large enterprises. But fibre is for everyone. Any business that uses the internet on a daily basis will definitely benefit from faster speeds and a more stable connection. With ADSL on its way out, fibre has become the golden standard for internet connectivity.
Myth #6: Fibre isn’t flexible enough for my needs.
Fibre internet is not a one-size-fits-all solution. For example, at Nashua, we have a variety of fibre choices to meet your connectivity needs. This flexibility allows businesses to choose a speed their needs require while having the option to sign up for a voice solution such as VoIP as an added service to fibre.
Implementing fibre delivers productivity benefits to your business, but some common misconceptions can cause uncertainty. Hopefully, with this article, you’ve gotten a better understanding of what fiber internet is and what makes them worth the investment.