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Fibre optic internet connection is the most advanced internet technology available today, so it is no surprise that households and businesses across the country are opting for a fibre connection rather than wireless or any other kind of internet connection. Gone are the days where a home internet connection was a luxury or a nice to have. These days, having a steady, reliable internet connection is a basic requirement since almost everything we do these days are somehow better done digitally and via the web. If you think about it, we do a lot of important tasks digitally, and for that, we require a steady, secure and fast internet connection. Home fibre allows us to work from home when we need to be giving us access to our work cloud service or system so we can access the data and files that we need to work on. It even gives us the opportunity to start a business that we can easily run from home – something that would have been very difficult a few years ago,  for this, we need a home fibre connection. 

In addition to the above, a home fibre internet connection makes our family’s lives and running a household so much easier, too. We are able to purchase everything online and have it delivered straight to our homes: from food, cleaning supplies, gifts and clothing to medicine. Our kids are able to access the internet to do research for important school projects, and we are able to enrich our young children’s education at home through the use of educational programs and applications. In addition, we can also access and control our home security when we are not home to check that everything is as it should be, and give access where needed. But how do you start the process of installing fibre in your home? Where do you start, and who do you go to?

First thing’s first. In order to get access to fibre at home, you need to do a few things. The two most important things are to find an internet service provider and to check if you have access to fibre cables in your neighbourhood. Finding out if you have access to fibre in your area is easy. All you need to do is visit an internet provider, like BitCo’s website to check if you have coverage. There are hundreds of different service providers that all offer various fibre to the home and business packages. These packages all differ in price, as well as in what they offer. Some of the most popular service providers in South Africa include BitCo, Telkom, Afrihost, Vox, Axxess,, Webafrica and MWEB . And with so many options available, how do you know which internet service provider to go with? Here are a few things to consider before choosing:

  • Price: the price of a home fibre package will always be a dealbreaker, so it is something you need to research and consider. But remember, it isn’t all about price: what you get for what you pay is also important. 
  • Reviews: before choosing an internet service provider, you will need to do some research on the various options and one of the best ways to see if an ISP is great at what they do and offer is to look at their customer reviews and testimonials. This will give you an overview of their customer service and the quality of their products. 
  • Line speed: in addition to the above, there are a few things you need to look at when it comes to the package itself, one of the most important being the speed of the line you will be paying for. Home fibre internet speeds range from 10Mbps up to 1000Mbps, and the higher the number, the faster your internet will be. Before you choose a speed, you need to know what you will be using your connection for. There is no use in paying for a 100Mbps line if you are only going to do basic internet browsing and to check emails. 
  • Uncapped vs capped: Internet lines come in uncapped or capped packages. Capped lines mean that you get a certain amount of data every month and when you reach the limit, you won’t have any access to the internet. Uncapped lines mean that you never run out of data. 
  • Shaping and throttling: you will also need to know whether your ISP shapes or throttles lines. Shaping and throttling is a way to reduce your internet usage by reducing your line speed. Again, what is the use of having a fast line speed if you are unable to use it to its full capacity? 

These are all the things you need to consider before going with an internet service provider. BitCo is one of the most reputable ISPs in South Africa. Here are a few things you should know about us: 

  • BitCo only offers uncapped lines. We do not offer capped lines, meaning that if you take one of our home fibre packages, you will never run out of data. 
  • We don’t shape or throttle lines. What you pay for  is what you get!
  • We are available for assistance and support 24/7 – no matter what time of day or night, we are always available to assist you with whatever you need.
  • We offer month-to-month agreements, meaning that if you are unhappy with our service, you can cancel at any time. We don’t lock you into a contract that you can’t get out of. 

Checking whether your area has access to fibre is easy. Simply click here and check the coverage map by inputting your street address.

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