DStv customers who have a fibre optic network installed, can now get signal to their DStv decoders using this network with one centralised satellite dish for their whole estate, complex, or apartment block in Cape Town.
The system uses a single, shared satellite dish and then distributes the signal to individual homes using the fibre optic network. This distribution does not impact on the data download speeds of the fibre network.
It’s compatible with both Explora and the single view HD decoders and customers will also be able to make use of DStv’s Catch Up Plus and Showmax services as their Exploras will be connected to the internet.
DSTV over fibre optic cabling can be done in several ways. Talk to a DSTV accredited installer to advise you on the type of installation that will be more appropriate for you. The differences in requirements emanate from the fact that buildings are different. Residential fibre can be installed using any of the following systems:
- Fibre optic cable to the receiver. In this option, you will run the fibre cable to the decoder or premises. You will use a fibre optic receiver to convert the light signal to normal satellite frequency. This will be distributed over a coax cable. These optical receivers will be installed in each of the tenants’ units or houses.
- Fibre optic cable to FTU onwards to a multi-switch. The fibre optic cable is made so that it connects the optical LNB and an optical receiver. From the optical receiver, it is transmitted to a multi-switch, which splits the satellite frequency and transmits it to the receiving decoders. The tenants will have no need for an optical receiver. All they need to do in their houses is to plug into the coax.