Our Take on Fibre Optic Broadband

Written by Billy

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Have I got fibre in my area yet?

This is possibly one of the most asked questions now that fibre is on the market; one of the easiest ways to find out is to have a look on your service provider’s website

http://www.superfast-openreach.co.uk/where-and-when/

Now you might be wondering why fibre is so much better than your current broadband and why it can achieve much higher speeds. Traditionally, copper cable is used, but the signal degrades over distance. Fibre Optic cable goes much further without degradation.

If you want to get down to the techy stuff then you might be interested to know that there are two types of fibre optic broadband, you have FTTC and FTTP.

FTTC stands for Fibre-to-the-cabinet, this means that the fibre is run to the nearest telephone cabinet on the street and then the old fashioned copper cable to your house, this means that the data needs to travel much less distance on the copper cable so you get much higher speeds.

FTTP being Fibre-to-the-premises, this means that the fibre comes directly into your building, so no copper cable is involved at all, for the fastest and most reliable connection.

With FTTC, your broadband will still be much faster despite going over the old copper, so you get faster broadband but it wouldn’t be as quick as FTTP, which means you have fibre cables directly linked from the exchange to your house. The catch with FTTP is that it costs a lot more so it’s worth bearing that in mind if you were considering going down that road.

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