There are a hide spectrum of differences, but here are a few key points.
What is ADSL?
An Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) is an Internet connection which runs through the already existing copper lines that we have all used in the past for telephone landlines. ADSL uses a different frequency to phone lines which is why we are able to make phone calls and connect to the Internet at the same time.
What is Fibre?
Fibre optic cable connections use light impulses to transfer data (instead of electrical impulses) through thin glass fibre tubes. A Fibre cable is made up of thousands of individual fibres, each as thin as a piece of human hair. This makes Fibre cables thinner, lighter and more durable than the traditional copper cabling used for phone lines and ADSL. Because the conductor used within the cables is glass and not electrical, lightning storms and other electrical disturbances will not cause interference on Fibre lines.
ADSL is available nationwide wherever a telephone landline is already in place. If there is no landline available, then one must be installed by Telkom before your business can have access to the connection. Once ordered, installation is very quick as we dispatch a router and it usually takes only 2 to 7 working days to arrive. Once you have received your router you can immediately connect to the Internet and get your internet up and running!
Fibre is currently only available in some areas, check the coverage map on the Afrihost web page for more info.
When it comes to speed Fibre is far, far superior. There is no doubt that a Fibre connection will change the way you browse!
Fibre is far more stable and superior to ADSL when it comes to reliability, as it is a glass cable, where as ADSL runs through older copper cables subject to degradation.