Fast, reliable internet connectivity is becoming increasingly important at schools as technology becomes ingrained in the way we learn – and fibre is the way to deliver it. Companies such as Vox Telecom are leading the way in providing voice, data and collaboration services to the southern African market, including schools.
What exactly is ‘fibre’?
Fibre optic cables use glass or plastic threads (fibres) to transmit data. The cable is made up of a bundle of threads, each of which transmits messages onto light waves.
What are the benefits of fibre?
Fibre optic cables have a number of advantages over traditional metal communication lines (such as copper). Here’s a list of seven reasons to choose fibre over copper cables for your school:
- Greater bandwidth: Fibre lines have a standardised bandwidth performance up to 10 GB per second and more – this means it can carry more information
- Speed and distance: Since the fibre optic signal is made of light (with very little signal loss), data can move greater distances at higher speeds.
- Security: Since it doesn’t radiate signals, fibre is extremely difficult to tap, which allows for greater data security; and if an attempt is made to tap the line, the entire system fails.
- Reliability: Data transmission with fibre is extremely reliable, immune to the environmental factors (such as temperature fluctuations) that can affect copper cable. Particularly in South Africa, where we have a problem of copper line theft, having a fibre-based line removes the risk of line theft and lack of connectivity as a result.
- Cost: Yes, fibre cable is more expensive than copper cable in the short term, but these costs are decreasing as it becomes more prevalent. Also, fibre typically is less expensive to maintain, with less downtime and networking hardware, allowing for savings in the long run.
- Design: By nature, fibre is lighter, thinner and more durable than copper cabling. Its small size means that it takes up less physical infrastructure space and is easier to handle.
- Migration: The good news is that it’s relatively easy to migrate to fibre. The media converters used allows for seamless linking and the use of existing hardware.
There are a number of benefits of converting to fibre, so it’s worth finding out whether there is fibre-based infrastructure in your area. With the recent expansion and rollout of fibre in South Africa, it’s certainly a possibility that a fibre-based line will soon be available to your school.
Need to know more?
At Safer Schools, we have just signed up VOX Telecoms as one of our ‘Trusted School Suppliers’.
Established in 1998, Vox Telecoms has primary offices in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. The company is one of the major players in the telecoms market and is one of the largest black-owned telecommunications companies in South Africa.
If you’re interested in finding out about their broadband services, visit https://www.voxtelecom.co.za, or call them directly on 087 805 0530.