What is Fibre Optic Broadband?

Fibre optic broadband is a super-fast connection that is suitable for all your internet needs.  It is made up of either plastic or glass cables, which allow for faster data transfer compared to the standard copper wires which are used in regular broadband connections.  The main advantage of fibre optic broadband is the increase in speed, with speeds of up to 1GB/s available from some providers.

Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC)

The first, and most prevalent, of the two fibre optic broadband connections is Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC). This means that the fibre optic connection reaches as far as your local cabinet, from which point the connection to your premises is copper. Thanks to the Fibre Optic connection from the cabinet back to the exchange, you can receive significantly increased speeds, but due to the copper element some speed or reliability issues may still occur.

Fibre to the Premises (FTTP)

The second fibre optic connection we provide is Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) which, as the name suggests, provides a fibre optic connection all the way to your location. Thanks to the absence of a copper element you can receive higher speeds over FTTP than you can with FTTC.

Which fibre optic connection is right for me?

The type of fibre optic connection you can receive will usually be decided for you.  If you’re in an area which has a FTTC connection then it’s unlikely you can receive FTTP.  FTTP is being slowly rolled out in areas that may not have FTTC available already.

How do I find out which option I can receive?

Thankfully, this is very simple. If you get in touch with us, we can run a search to discover which of our fibre optic connections will be available to you.