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A Closer Look at the Workings of Fiber Broadband

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The defining characteristic of fiber broadband is that it is a high-speed commutation solution. It relies on fiber optic cables for data transmission due to the fact that these cables are more efficient than the traditional copper cables. Defense systems and rely upon fiber broadband for their communication as it is fast and reliable. When it comes to gaming and streaming content, faster is infinitely better. Using fiber broadband means a better Internet experience.

So should you invest in fiber broadb

and? Just how fast is it and what are the different types available?

Here’s a concise guide.

How much difference will fiber broadband make to my Internet experience?

If you have numerous Internet users in your household then it means that (in most cases) more than one device will be accessing the Internet at any one time. Now multiply that by households across the nation – at peak times (like the evening or weekends) you are sharing bandwidth with a bunch of people – and your downloads can slow to a crawl.

It’ll make you tear your hair out. Imagine the scenario where you are downloading some vital work-related files, your teenage son is playing call of Duty and your pre-teen daughter is watching YouTube for makeup tips. That file is going to take a long time to be downloaded – and you can forget about watching your favorite TV show.

Sound familiar? If so you need fiber broadband.

How does the technology work?

Fiber broadband uses an extensive network of fiber optic cables to supply data over distances that may have caused data degradation in the old days. That data can now literally travel at the speed of light – with no degradation across the ocean via submarine cable systems. The result is faster downloads and a rock-solid connection to the ‘net.

Research by Ofcom in the United Kingdom revealed that most houses were still reliant on ADSL technology – which relies on copper cabling. But ADSL becomes a thing of the past when you have fiber broadband.

Tell me more.

There are two different types of fiber broadband. These are FTTP and FTTC.

FTTC Broadband

The acronym FTTC stands for ‘Fiber to the Cabinet’. It has also earned the name ‘Superfast Broadband’. It works through a network of fiber optic cables running between a telephone exchange and the phone cabinet home. The copper cables run to your home and deliver data.

FTTP Broadband

This acronym stands for ‘Fiber to the Premises’ (it is also sometimes called Fiber to the Home – FTTH). Other names are Full Fiber Broadband or Ultrafast Broadband. With this technology fiber optic cables run right to your home. This supplies extremely fast data transmission rates – but may not be available all across the UK.

Just how fast is Fiber Broadband?

At ultrafast speeds downloads average around 300Mps (according to Ofcom). But the majority of Superfast fiber connections in the UK provide downloads of around 30Mps. But you experience may vary depending on how far away your home is from the street cabinet or telephone exchange.

There are a number of other factors that can affect speed.

These include:

  • The speed of your device.
  • The wiring in your home.
  • Number of users.
  • Time of day.

We are able to provide two packages

Unlimited fiber broadband offers an average download speed of 35Mps – and the unlimited ‘Fiber Plus’ that offers a download speed of 63Mps. There are also four full fiber packages that can offer up to 900Mps.

It’s incredibly simple to compare the packages on offer and find the one that suits your unique needs.

So what are the benefits of fiber broadband?

High speed.

Using cutting-edge technology harnessing beams of light – meaning more data and less waiting.

So everything is faster, including:

Streaming TV

  • Downloading video or music
  • Online gaming
  • Checking and posting to social media
  • Work from home on a variety of tasks
  • Browsing the Internet
  • Work communication

More Robust Connection

Fiber optic cables are tougher than copper wire. They are highly resistant to electrical interference – and low temperatures – all factors that affect traditional Internet broadband connectivity.

Signal Strength

In the case of ADSL the further you are away from the telephone exchange the greater the drop in signal strength and data quality. Fiber optic cables are superior to copper when it comes to data transmission over distance.

The Bandwidth issue

Bandwidth is shorthand for how much data you can transmit and receive at certain times. Low bandwidth means a slow connection, especially if multiple devices are being used at the same time in your home.

Copper cables were simply not designed for data transfer. The further they are from the exchange – the greater the bandwidth loss.FTTC connections only use that copper from your street cabinet and therefore don’t suffer large bandwidth dropoffs like ADSL. With FTTP you get fiber optic cabling right up to your home – so there is no appreciable loss of bandwidth.


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