MWEB is showing off the benefits of fibre broadband, following the announcement that it is focusing its resources on home fibre services.
It has rented a house in Greenside, Johannesburg that is served by Vumatel’s fibre network, and kitted it out with Wi-Fi and an Internet-connected TV.
According to Vumatel’s website, MWEB is currently the only Internet service provider that offers a 1Gbps account on its network.
For R2,499 per month you will get 1Gbps download and 100Mbps upload speeds, and 500GB of data.
MWEB does not have a machine hooked up to the fibre via Gigabit Ethernet, though – opting to let visitors connect over Wi-Fi for a sense of “real world” performance.
Multiple devices are able to connect and use the network to the capacity their Wi-Fi radios will allow, without impacting significantly on the performance of other devices on the network.
Using our 802.11ac-capable device, we conducted some speed and download tests – and found throughput to vary between 50Mbps and 100Mbps.
To test how well the connection handled high-quality video content, we streamed 60 frames per second, UHD video from YouTube to a UHD TV. The TV was connected using Wi-Fi.
No buffering was evident on any of the 60fps 4K videos we tested, and the downloaded stream remained ahead of playback in all our tests.
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Getting to play around on a Gigabit Internet connection was amazing.
As one of our readers who got to test a similar FTTH service from Vox Telecom said, having access to such an absurd amount of bandwidth is a life-changing experience.
At R2,499 per month, one can’t really expect anything less.
However, these tests have emphasised what we found before: unless there is enough demand on your home network, most of the speed at your disposal will be wasted.
When you have multiple users, each with a phone, tablet, PC, and game console, along with multiple smart TVs connected via Gigabit Ethernet or Wi-Fi, even then 1Gbps might be overkill. For now.
That said, it’s awesome that we’re starting to see these services in the hands of home users.