Fibre Terms And Jargon

Jacques du Rand 2017-12-20

Getting a fibre-internet in South Africa has never been easier. You can follow these simple steps for the fibre-internet without any hassle.


  • Check the company's coverage map for the availability of fibre internet in your area
  • Place your fibre internet order and wait for their visit.
  • Enjoy the internet


However, there are some fibre-internet related terms and jargon that you would want to know.

  • What is Fiber Optic Broadband? It is the latest advancement in the broadband technology that uses plastic or glass cables in contrast to copper wires for the faster data transfer. It offers supersonic speed for your daily internet needs. It's incredibly simple to use.
  • Fiber ONT ONT stands for Optical Network Terminal. It is a device (sometimes known as the modem) that connects to Terminal points (any device) with a fibre cable and is further connected to the router via LAN cable. It converts the signals from the fibre optic line into electronic signals so that the router can read them.
  • Mbps vs MBps

    Mbps means megabits per second and a reference to upload and download speeds.

    MBps are megabytes per second and a reference to the amount of transferred data.

  • Capped vs Uncapped In Uncapped accounts, more users are allocated to share a certain amount of bandwidth than the capped accounts.
  • Fibre Network vs Fiber Supplier(ISP) Fiber Network is a means of communication that connects us to fibre internet. The supplier of this network is known as Fiber Supplier.
  • Downstream / Download Speed Downstream is the rate at which the user receives the data from the internet. Also known as download speed
  • Fibre Router The Fiber Router is a device that connects you with the fibre-internet through wired or Wi-Fi connectivity.
  • Open Access Open access is that silver bullet that enables any country to bridge the digital divide and improve the internet speed for the sake of more connected, brighter future.
  • ADSL VS Fiber Internet An ADSL internet uses a standard phone line that delivers internet access. It is an older technology. Whereas the fibre internet uses plastic or glass cables in contrast to copper wires for faster data transfer and relatively new.
  • FTTH FTTH stands for Fiber to the home. It is the delivery of communication signals from the operator's switching equipment through a fibre optic all the way to your home.
  • FTTN Fiber to the node or FTTN is a way of providing communication services to multiple destinations. Its main function is to provide a broadband connection with other services with the help of a network box called node.
  • FTTC Fiber to the curb or FTTC is a process of installation of optical fibre cable to the curbs near a business environment or homes. This serves as a replacement for old telephone services.
  • Bandwidth It is that volume of information per unit of time that an internet connection can handle. In simpler words, if you have an internet connection with a larger bandwidth you can play videos faster than the internet with a lower bandwidth.