Friday, October 29, 2010

Why not add some Fiber to your Broadband diet?

Fiber (not the kind you have for breakfast) and Broadband, (not the kind used in the gym) makes headline news on a daily basis. "Uncapped" (although really"Capped" in disguise) is all the rage. But the question we often hear is, what is it or why would you need it?

Let's examine the term "Broadband". Now we could go into the fancy explanation mentioning frequencies, channels, carriers and signals, but we won't. Simply put it is "the ability to access the Internet and Be on the Phone, At the same time. ... "
Simple process with some efficient and cost-effective benefits:
  • "always on"
  • Fast loading of web pages and e-mail
  • Equally fast downloading of files, programs, and computer updates
  • It does not affect the phone line
  • Unlimited access and you won't be charged based on the connection duration
  • Provides cheap phone services via VoIP technology.
  • Connection sharing
Makes sense to go this route if your business is starting off and there is a high demand for voice and data transmission.

Next up, Fiber-optic cable. Again, we could use words like transmission, digitized pulses or wavelengths. Instead consider it to be "technology used for transmitting data, voice, and images through very fine, flexible glass or plastic fibers (a bundle of optical fibers)".

Apart from the "space-age" look it displays, it has many advantages and have revolutionized the way the telecommunication industry operates, here's why:
  • Less expensive 
  • Thinner - Optical fibers can be drawn to smaller diameters than copper wire
  • Higher carrying capacity - Because optical fibers are thinner than copper wires, more fibers can be bundled into a given-diameter cable than copper wires. This allows more phone lines to go over the same cable or more channels to come through the cable into your cable TV box
  • Less interference - light signals from one fiber do not interfere with those of other fibers in the same cable. This means clearer phone conversations or TV reception
  • Digital signals - Optical fibers are ideally suited for carrying digital information, which is especially useful in computer networks 
Well there you have it. If you are starting a business, going Broadband is a given. How you access the Internet all depends on the type of business you have. Given the advantages listed for the Fiber-optic option makes sense for growing businesses to consider, even at an early stage for the long-term benefits are clear.

Happy surfing and remember, if its not always on, what is it? And if your feeling slow and clogged up, perhaps it's time you added more fiber to that broadband diet of yours.


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Connectivity questions? Free yourself from downtime and high costs, we can help!

Connectivity may be the buzz word of the day, but with hosting and server hardware costs dipping, none of that matters if downtime is an issue. Why struggle with looking for the cheapest service provider to save money? Does it not mean more find a provider that will take care of things for you and save you time and money?

As consumers of connectivity, and perhaps a different generation we often forget that moving from one service provider is as simple as making a telephone or sending an email.

BUT, before you make that call, ask yourself:
  • is going the cheap (no frills route) worth the hassle of dealing with connectivity issues and/or downtime
  • are they really "cheaper" or are there built in hidden costs?
Then ask the question, what is best for me and my business? ADSL or Diginet? Is it all Greek to you? With so many choices out there, what are your connectivity needs? We've decided to help make this choice easy for you by showing the benefits of ADSL vs. Diginet lines.

Benefits of ADSL?
  • ADSL has the potential for higher speed internet access with low latency when compared with most other access services.
  • Fixed monthly cost (as long as the monthly limit is not exceeded if you decide on a capped package).
  • Uses existing analogue telephone line.
  • Less expensive than a Diginet or Martis 64kbps digital leased line.
  • More convenient than a dial-up connection because it is almost "always on."
Benefits of a Diginet fixed line:
  • Diginet services can convey digital speech and video signals on a point-to-point basis, allowing users to develop highly efficient integrated voice/data networks offering new opportunities in the growing broadband multimedia market.
  • Improved performance, reliability and quality of service are provided at a fixed monthly cost.
  • High quality digital network ensures high-speed, clear connectivity for delay-sensitive applications
  • Faults are rectified quickly (often a fault is located and repaired before a customer even knows about it)
  • International connectivity
  • Higher speed range compared to analogue leased lines

A little more clear? We hope so. Should you have any questions we can help you with, email or visit their websites for quick (free) efficient support.

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