What is Fibre To The Home FTTH – Ultimate Guide for Botswana

As we have recently seen in Botswana, Bofinet has been rolling out fibre through-out the country in a planned rollout phase to get Botswanas communications technology in par with the rest of the World. In this article we take time to explain what FTTH is and how fibre can be utilized in your residence if it has been deployed in your area. Read on to find out what you need to know about FTTH, from the Triton Team!

What is FTTH - Fibre to the Home

Fibre to the Home (FTTH) is the way the internet was intended to work everywhere: by using high-speed fibre optic cables connected directly to your house. If you’re lucky enough to have it, it’s the best connection you can get above radio link and ADSL (out-dated).

FTTH operates by connecting your house all the way to the web using only robust, high-speed fibre optic cables – delivering speeds of up to 1,000Mbps. Where other connection types like Radio link rely upon radio frequency, FTTH doesn’t, thereby reducing signal degradation and other issues.

Signals are sent through these fibre optics to a connection box attached to your building. Typically, a router (huawei) will then be wired to this box, allowing your devices access to the Internet depending on the package from your Internet Service provider (ISP). In practical terms, this typically means you can connect multiple devices, play HD games, stream Netflix and download films without slowing down your connection again depending on your package. 

What equipment will I need?

Since the fibre optic cables and connection box will already be set up as part of the bofinet internet network installation at your property, you only need a router that’s capable of supporting superfast fibre broadband – and devices like computers or mobiles that can connect to it.

This can easily be identified by consulting your existing Internet service provider or any of your choice as they all offer internet offer fibre. 

Some households are bigger than normal and may require a dedicated Wi-Fi access point which can be provided via the ISP or Triton Tech.


What should I look for when comparing FTTH plans?

With so many plans available from our local Internet Service Providers (ISPs), here are a couple of things to keep in mind when choosing the right one for you.

  • Speed. With FTTH, you have the freedom to choose from either the Bofinet provider packages to the ISPs or specifics packages created by the ISPs themselves. It’s important to compare not just maximum speeds, but also the typical speed a provider promises when there’s heavy network congestion in the evening. The contention ratios (key question to ask)
  • Data. Faster speeds mean you’ll tear through data quickly, but most data plans are now unlimited but it does not hurt to ask your ISP.
  • Extras. Plenty of providers give the option of entertainment bundles, phone call inclusions and more. If there’s a particular service or entertainment feature you want, there’s likely a plan out there that offers it.

Frequently asked questions

Can I change my connection to FTTH?

Possibly. The connection type your property may be fixed on a contract and can’t be changed. If you don’t already have FTTH, you will have wait for bofinet to roll it out to your area. The common signs are: billboards advertising fibre in the area.

Will I need a new modem for FTTH?

This depends largely on whether you’ve been connected to superfast fibre before. If you haven’t, you’ll likely need a newly compatible router, which you can get from your provider along with your plan.It’s also possible that you might need to upgrade your router to one capable of faster signal processing if you’re raising your connection to the highest speed tier. Check with your provider to find out.


To sum it up

Fibre is the superior product as opposed to radio and adsl connections. Bofinet is rolling it our to different areas in the country. Once deployed at your residence, you would need to contact your ISP in order to get internet to your house via the fibre.

Different ISPS offer different packages so be sure to ask the right questions. If you need any help or insight feel free to contact us. We got your back.

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