Most of our telephony infrastructure is made up of old copper-based technology. Telkom, however, has started investing in fibre technology along with some new players in the market. We all know fibre is a more sophisticated technology with greater data speeds, so the transition is welcome and much needed. Stopping cable theft is a big incentive for Telkom to transfer to fibre, but also the safety and protection against surges and lightning strikes. Where it’s available, people are of course opting for a fibre line versus the traditional ADSL/VDSL copper options.
Fibre has changed the market tremendously. Traditional PABX systems have turned into IP phones or headsets now being used through existing networks and computer systems. Cloud computing is changing the way business’s use and spend money on IT infrastructure. Online storage, video conferencing, the list goes on, all made possible with faster Internet technologies such as fibre!
Is fibre going to save our equipment from surges and lightning strikes. While it’s true that an electrical surge cannot travel up a fibre cable, surge’s can still affect your network through other sources. Eskom power will continue to be supplied on copper cabling, so moving your telecommunications over to fibre isn’t going to solve the problem. Eskom’s unstable grid and any up-and-down power outages leaves you vulnerable. Additionally, most business or small home networks still use copper CAT5e or CAT6 cabling internally. A nearby lightning strike could easily cause inductions of electrical current and damage your equipment.
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