Choosing the right fibre internet package

CHOOSING THE RIGHT FIBRE INTERNET PACKAGE

Not all broadband is created equal. With an array of super-fast fibre and standard fibre packages to choose from, there’s a lot to get to grips with when you’re looking for a product that will meet your needs. To help you make the very best buying decision, we’ve put together some guidelines to help you make an informed choice.

FIBRE FOR BEGINNERS

If you’re just starting out and don’t know yet what you’ll use the internet for, it’s a good idea to choose an entry-level fibre service. This way, you’ll avoid paying for super-fast speeds that you may not need if all you’re doing is checking e-mails or watching the odd YouTube clip. Try a capped 20/2 package with 50GB of monthly data or less.

FIBRE FOR MOVIES, TV AND GAMING

If you enjoy downloading HD movies or if you make extensive use of TV streaming services like Netflix or Showmax, you’re classified as a heavy user. The same goes for if you use peer-to-peer software a lot, are a big fan of online gaming or are constantly streaming or downloading music.If this sounds like you, it’s important that you select a package with an unlimited download limit (uncapped). That means you’ll be free to enjoy the web as you want to without worrying that you’ll exceed your allowance and run up extra charges or have a slower connection imposed on you by your provider. We recommend a line speed of 40Mbps or higher.

FIBRE FOR FAMILIES

Families are also almost certain to be heavy users, especially in homes with teenagers who’ve grown up with the web.With four or more people in a household, all of whom are likely to be using a range of web-enabled gadgets and going online simultaneously, you’ll find it’s easy to eat a hole in your web allowance and put a strain on your connection at busy times. You’ll likely want to sign up for the heavy use fibre products aimed at gamers and movie buffs in the previous section. We suggest an uncapped package with a speed of 50Mbps to 100Mbps.

FIBRE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

If you run a business, you’re probably better off signing up for a broadband package that’s tailored to the needs of many users. Uncapped and ultra- high speed is recommended, such as a 200Mbps line or faster.

DO I NEED VOICE OVER IP (VOIP)?

If you make use of a landline telephone, you have the option of moving your calls onto the fibre network. Certain ISPs such as Vox Telecoms offer bundles whereby you can make phone calls anywhere in the country for a fixed price or even for free. VoIP does not require a Telkom telephone line and you can save money on line rentals and call charges by using VoIP. Speak to one our friendly consultants to find out more.