Is Fibre the right choice for internet at home? #Tech180
Fibre to the Home
FttH or rather Fibre to the Home is advertised everywhere and the list of providers seems to be endless, so where to go, what to choose and why? One thing you can be sure of, at a point, everyone currently serviced by a telephone will have Fibre. How long that will take depends on our network operators.
At this stage, TELKOM is the only network operator deploying to everyone with Neotel not quite picking up the banner. All other fibre providers are deploying fibre on their own infrastructure, using a combination of underground cable or pole to pole aerial fibre. The technology used differed from provider to provider and for now, the infrastructure capability is not under pressure…yet.
For the general consumer, FttH should not be mistaken with Internet provisioning as most FttH providers provide you with the option to make use most of the popular service providers. In a few cases, the FttH provider has locked citizens into long term contracts combining communication with security counting in the fear of not having security.
The transition of voice has already happened with the higher use consumer, where the general population is only now being introduced to alternative communication through OTT services such as WhatsApp and the like, when a telephone number is not as important as digital citizenship. The same concept should apply to the thinking around FttH, consider the fibre as a point in time technology and look more to you digital citizenship as persisting.
Based on this approach, the locking into an identity that is closely tied to a serve provider becomes less likely. So, start by migrating your identity to larger players such as google, yahoo, iCloud and outlook.com. Thereafter start creating a unique identity through hosting providers.
By: Tony Trollip
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