30 Apr 2018
The array of digital tools at our disposal today has left businesses of all sizes with a variety of weapons to add to their arsenal as they vie to outcompete one another. From making use of cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence tools (AI), cloud and big data, to implementing marketing and customer service channels that truly delight your clients – such accessible, affordable and effective technologies represent the best way to take business operations to the next level.
But using them effectively requires a fast and reliable Internet connection, and the steady uptake (both for business and home) of fibre Internet in South Africa has established this form of connectivity as the popular choice when ultimate speed and reliability are necessary. But what makes fibre Internet so powerful for organisations to drive their digital transformations? Here are just a few reasons:
ADSL connections most businesses have come to know and love over the years simply can’t hold a candle to fibre when it comes to speed. ADSL makes use of phone lines to transmit data along a copper cable – which we know is unreliable, frequently stolen, and vulnerable to traffic bottlenecks.
Fibre Internet, on the other hand, is transmitted over a strand of glass literally at the speed of light. That means its performance is largely unaffected by your company’s distance from the nearest exchange, and it can handle the high volumes of data that a business requires for conducting much of its work online or using cloud services.
It’s the business enabler upon which all others will rely
The way we use the Internet has changed drastically. We are now creators – not mere consumers – of vast amounts of information, and that goes double for businesses.
Internet Access provides customers with high-speed access to the Internet through multiple global tier 1 providers, a mesh of subsea and terrestrial routes as well as optimized routing to many key African operators, service providers and content delivery networks.
Older forms of connectivity, like ADSL, are designed to enable fast download speeds at the expense of upload speeds, but this is proving to be insufficient in an era when so many organisations are cloud-based, storing and processing gigantic amounts of data offsite, daily. Fibre connections are symmetrical, with equal upload and download speeds that eliminate the delays associated with traditional connections. This means seamless collaboration, improved communication, and zero congestion in high-density areas.
Fast upload speeds allow a business to back up their data quickly and conveniently, and high-capacity connections allow third party vendors to supply advanced cybersecurity services via the cloud. Both capabilities are great news in today’s age of data leaks and ransomware. But the security advantages of fibre go well beyond that – making it perfect for transmitting huge amounts of sensitive business data, and keeping it ultra-safe in the process.
Today, doing good business is all about agility – the ability to change direction and implement new systems quickly in response to a changing business environment – and fibre provides ultimate scalability when it comes to a business’s all-important Internet connection. Capacity can be increased or decreased on demand to perfectly fit a business’s needs and budget. And thanks to the relatively small size of fibre optic cables, most fibre installations are already equipped with enough capacity to perform perfectly well into the future. This is an essential attribute for such a central business function, and a perfect solution for businesses that anticipate growth in the future, but lack the cash flow to invest huge sums in expanded connectivity capabilities upfront.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Business owners, CIOs and IT managers have spent years wondering whether the move to fibre is the best decision for their organisation, but the pressure is mounting, and as fibre Internet access spreads throughout South Africa, we’re betting it will become the gold standard across industries. It’s not just Internet – it’s the business enabler upon which all others will rely as companies become ever more digitally inclined and data-heavy. Still unsure whether fibre is best for your business? Take a look at SEACOM’s own Fibre Internet Access offering here, and feel free to get in touch with any further questions you have!