What Connectivity
should I get?

CONNECTIVITY

SATELITE INTERNET

What is it?

Your smart device sends a signal request through your modem to your satellite dish and then up to our orbiting satellite, which, in turn, sends a signal to the supplier. They then transmit the signal back to the satellite, to your dish, your modem, and finally, your smart device. All of this happens in less than half of a second.

Your satellite dish can be mounted on a roof, wall or via pole mount on the ground. Once connected, your computer sends a request to the supplier modem that passes the request to the satellite.

The satellite receives this signal and sends it to one of the gateways. The request then goes to the Internet backbone, which retrieves the requested web content from the webserver. The whole cycle is then reversed and the requested data is sent to the end-user.

Pros

  • Available nearly everywhere
  • Does not get affected by power cuts or cable theft
  • Price is competitive compared to a few years ago
  • Installation is normally quite quick. No wiaitng timews for cables.

Cons

  • Higher latency so it is not suitable for online gaming, trading or VPN
  • Not as fast as other options
  • Does get affected by weather (much like DSTV)
  • Speed tends to be somewhat inconsistent

When should I get it?

Satellite is the best option for remoter areas where cell service is spotty and no fibre or even telephone lines are available.

It is a very good backup service as well.

Ideal for farms, game lodges, remote hotels and for homes out of towns.

G OR CONNECTIVITY

LTE (4G) and 5G

CONNECTIVITY

FIBRE

What is it?

The latest advancement in broadband technology, fibre optic broadband is promising super-fast speeds for all of your daily internet needs. Its name comes from the use of plastic or glass cables, which allow for faster data transfer compared to the standard copper wires which are used in regular broadband connections.

Pros

  • Greater bandwidth
  • Overall faster speed
  • Lower latency

Cons

  • Not available everywhere
  • Cables can get stolen or damaged
  • Takes time to install

When should I get it?

If you have fibre in your area, then this is your first choice. You may need to wait, but it is worth it. You will have the lowest latency and fastest, consistent speed with this option.

What is it?

Internet connectivity provided via cell networks

Pros

  • Quick to install
  • No cables to wait for

Cons

  • Can be expensive
  • Not available everywhere

When should I get it?

If 5G is available it is worth looking into as the speed is comparable to fibre. However, 4G is more ubiquitous and widely available. 4G can get expensive, so look for a truly uncapped package, as many have data caps.

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