Fibre frequently asked questions

Do I require a Telkom line in order to join Wicotel NewQ Fibre?

No, Wicotel will arrange with OpenServe to install your fibre connection. If you already have a telkom account and wish to utilise this we can convert it or take it over and manage it on your behalve. It is easier for the customer to deal with a single point of contact rather than having to contact multiple parties in the event that something goes wrong.

Do I have fiber coverage?

You can check coverage here:

Does Wicotel provide connectivity over ADSL?

Due to the fact that we cannot guarantee any kind of service on this type of connection, we are not willing to sell you something that may or may not work.

What is the fair usage policy?

You can view our fair usage policy here: Fair usage policy

Kilo Bytes Per Second VS Kilo Bits Per Second

What is the difference between Kilo Bytes Per Second (KB/s) and Kilo Bits Per Second (kbps)

How big the file(file size) or how much space a file occupies in the hard disk measured in terms of KiloBytes (KB upper case “K” and upper case “B”).

In computing terms the upper case “K” stands for 1024. 1024 is computed from 210 (2 to the power of 10). 2 denote the number of characters in the binary system which is used to store data in the disc (ones and zeroes).

Other abbreviations: mega, giga and terra also use the base as 1024,

1KB (KiloByte) = 1024 Bytes (approximately 1000 Bytes)

1MB (MegaByte) = 1024 KB (approximately 1000 KiloBytes or 1 million Bytes)

1GB (GigaByte) = 1024 MB (approximately 1000 MegaBytes or 1 billion Bytes)

1TB (TerraByte) = 1024 GB (approximately 1000 GigaBytes or 1 trillion Bytes)

Measure of data transfer speed: kbps?

Data transfer speed over the networks (including the internet) is calculated in terms of bits per second: kilobits (small case “b”). The higher the kbps i.e. more the bits transferred per second, more the speed, faster the network/connection. Here k stands for 1000 ( 103)

1 kbps (kilo bits per second) = 1000 bits per second

1 Mbps (mega bits per second) = 1000 kilo bits per second.

1 Gbps (giga bits per second) = 1,000 mega bits per second.

ISP bandwidth and download speed

Confusion is most commonly caused by the similarity of KB/s and kbps when it comes to internet bandwidth and download speed. Consumers often complain that their ISP promised 512kbps connectivity but they are not able to download any file at 512 KB/s. They fail to notice the difference in cases of the units and therefore think their ISP is cheating them or offering them poor quality service. As mentioned earlier data transfer speed are always calculated in terms of kilo bits per second (kbps) so an ISP connectivity of 512 kbps promises of transfer of at the max 512 kilo bits per second.

On the other hand, file size measure is always in Kilo Bytes and thus download speed are always calculated based on how many Bytes per second are downloaded and Kilo Bytes per second (KB/s). KB/s and kbps are not interchangeable.

A connection of 512 kbps can never achieve a download speed of 512 KB/s. To calculate the maximum download speed of a “X kbps” connection, use the formula below.

Download KB/s speed = (Kb/s value*1000) /8)) / 1024.

I.e. For a connectivity of 512 kbps

kbps value * 1000 = 512 * 1000 = 512000

512000 / 8 = 64000

64000 / 1024 = 62.5 KB/s

Theoretically an internet connection of 512 kbps bandwidth can download at a speed of 62.5 KB/s


multiply the kbps value with 0.1220703125 to get the KB/s value.

512 kbps * 0.1220703125 = 62.5 KB/s.

Internet connectivity Download speed (approx)
512 kbps 63 KB/s
1 mbps 122 KB/s
4 mbps 488 KB/s
10 mbps 2560 KB/s

The download speed mentioned is approximate because they will vary (always reduce) by 15 – 20% due to network signal loss, computer hardware overheads etc. So for realistic, real world figures always reduce 15 – 20% from the computed KB/s download speed.


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