Fibre Broadband Is Rolling Out All Over
The improving technology involved with the internet brings about a great number of benefits to consumers and businesses. The main focus people have for the internet is how they connect to it and there will often be a strong focus on the operating systems or even the devices that can connect to the internet. However, there have also been a number of improvements in the way that these devices are actually connected to the internet and fibre broadband is being hailed as a large step forwards in this regard.
Fibre broadband is a relatively new form of broadband connection and in the UK it is being used by a number of the top operators in this industry. The fibre broadband solution utilises fibre optic cables. These cables are able to boost the speed, sometimes quite dramatically, of your broadband connection. This has made fibre broadband an extremely popular choice and the billing of these benefits as “super-fast” or “next generation” has really helped to increase the demand for this style of connection. There is no doubt that this form of internet connection is markedly improved over the previous forms of internet connections and this is something that businesses and homes can benefit from.
Currently, there are two main styles of fibre broadband which can be used.
FTTC – Fibre To The Cabinet
In the FTTC solution, fibre optic cables are run from the standard telephone exchange all the way to the normal point of distribution in the streets. These are the street cabinets and from here, a normal phone line connects to your house or business providing you with a broadband connection. In recent times in the UK there has been a roll out of new street cabinets so that the FTTC system can be improved and offered to more people.
The connection from the cabinet is carried out through a connection of copper cables utilising a VDSL technology (or similar) and this can provide a fast speed over a short area or distance. The closer you are located to the cabinet, the faster your internet connection will be.
The distance between your connection and the cabinet can have an impact on the speed that your broadband obtains. If all other things are equal and in good working, it is expected that a copper connection within 100m will be able to deliver a connection speed of 100Mbps. When the distance doubles to 200m, the connection speed drops to around 65Mbps. The drop-off slows after this distance but even in a relatively short length, there can be a notable impact with a distance of 1,000m said to deliver a connection speed of 24Mbps.
It is easy to see why there is a demand for an increased number of cabinets to be rolled out given the notable impact that distance can have on the speed that a broadband connection can deliver.
FTTP – Fibre To The Premises
The FTTP solution is sometimes known as the FTTH solution, which stands for the Fibre To The Home solution. No matter what it is referred to as, it can offer a great broadband connection because it utilises an end to end fibre broadband connection. With the removal of the copper leg, there is a greater reliability from this option and there should be better and more reliable speeds for the majority of users when taking the FTTP option.
Not all areas across the country are able to have a fibre optic broadband connection at the moment because there is a limited roll-out taking place. This is a hindrance and annoyance to those that are currently unavailable to receive the benefits of this system but with updates taking place all the time, it is worthwhile checking back on a regular basis. It may be that local providers have a waiting list where they can keep you informed or even they will react to higher levels of demand. If you are in an area where you are not yet able to get fibre broadband, it is worthwhile declaring your interest to ensure that the fibre broadband providers are aware that there is a good level of demand for this service where you live or work.
While the benefits of this type of broadband connection are obvious, there are higher costs involved with this system too. This is perfectly understandable and is linked to the roll-out of the new system and the costs involved with ensuring that the system, utilising fibre optic cables, are in place. There are great benefits to be gained from switching to this system but individuals and businesses may need to ensure that they obtain value for money for their expenditure.