As we pass the halfway mark in the lockdown, it is clear that fibre is the firm favourite for the entire family and those who are working from home. Fibre has without a doubt, significantly reduced the amount of retrenchments that have taken place already in the country. With fast internet access, fibre means employees are still able to complete their work from the comfort of their home as they self-quarantine.
Stay in touch
Stay connected with your family from all over the world using video and voice calling technology with a clear connection. Living far apart from your family, especially during the lockdown, can get incredibly lonely. Luckily Skype, Zoom and other telecommunication platforms that provide video chat and voice calls have been around since as early as 2003. The difference is that we didn't always have the connectivity we do now. With that said, visuals were grainy, and audio was crackly and delayed.
For those who have worked from home during the lockdown, you may have experienced certain benefits of fibre to your work environment. These include video conference calls, shared screen presentations and the ability to get work done as if you were still sitting at your desk at the office.
You may even realise that you can work for longer hours since a large majority of distractions have now been removed from your work environment. And it isn't isolating, working from home with a fibre connection means you can use Voice over Internet Protocol or 'VoIP' to make calls at a fraction of normal costs, enhancing productivity even more.
Fibre is reliable
The number one benefit of fibre is how reliable the connection is. Since fibre is laid underground in trenches and not in copper wires above the ground, it is far less prone to a disturbance or theft, since the fibre cables are tiny little wires which do not hold the value that copper wire does to thieves. This means you can enjoy uninterrupted connectivity that allows you to get everything done in a short space of time.
The lockdown in SA has meant that all parents now have to homeschool their children in the interim. This can be a daunting task to most parents who may doubt their old school day Mathematics skills. Luckily, the internet is teeming with interactive and highly accredited online educational platforms for your child to learn. Exercises require an internet connection that is stable, reliable and fast, in order to keep their children focused on the task at hand during class time. Fibre is the answer to homeschooling and all online educational programs as it allows the student to learn in real time and does not cause frustration or latency, which can make it difficult to concentrate when learning.
Learning new skills
What new skills have you learnt during lockdown? We have all naturally become curious about a hobby or skill we always wanted to try but never had the time to pursue. YouTube has become the most wonderful platform to learn pretty much anything you want on a subject matter. It also has live interactions during live streams and interactive chat forums, so you can learn to become a health guru, tech whiz or rock star guitarist with advice from people all over the world.
Possibly one of the biggest trends right now during lockdown is exercise classes using Zoom, Skype or other telecommunication platforms. Fibre allows the stream of information to flow smoothly and without interruptions as opposed to other forms of connectivity where the audio and visuals will not be as clear. This is because live streams require a large amount of bandwidth as you are sending and receiving information instantly as well as simultaneously.
Double Up campaign
Our Double Up campaign was designed to help fellow Froggies, not only stay online, but to benefit from all the extra time spent at home. We also took into account that schools, as well as businesses, would close and students and workers would be expected to work from home (provided that they could).
For more information on our Double Up campaign, click here.
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