What is Full Fibre?
Full Fibre is broadband with a dedicated connection that runs straight to your home. It uses the latest fibre-optic technology to offer gigafast upload and download speeds of up to 1000Mbps.
Following Openreach’s announcement about the withdrawal of copper, the full fibre rollout across the UK has accelerated, with more than 28.6 million homes and businesses eligible for full fibre broadband.
Broadband is a term for high-speed connections carrying internet data and other types of traffic.
Three main types of broadband connection link the local telephone exchange to your house:
- ADSL (asymmetric digital subscriber line) uses copper cables to a street-level cabinet or junction box and onto the house
- FTTC (Fibre to the cabinet) uses a faster fibre optic cable to the cabinet, but then the copper cable from there to the house
- FTTP (Fibre to the premises) uses a fibre optic cable to connect to households without using any copper cable
Since the telephone’s advent over 100 years ago, the dominant way to “wire” the home involved using copper cabling. Copper has been the backbone of the internet infrastructure, as it’s used in the telephone network across the UK and goes into most homes.
It is perfectly adequate for a voice signal, which is what it was initially intended for. However, it’s old and slower than fibre optic cable, which is made from glass or plastic and uses light pulses to transmit data.
Still, so many are familiar with copper that they doubted any other medium would ever supplant it.
FTTC, which means “fibre to the cabinet.” This means the fibre connection from your ISP doesn’t go all the way to your home; instead, it goes as far as a large metal cabinet in your neighbourhood. You may have seen them on the streets near your home.
FTTC uses both traditional copper wire cable and fibre optic cable. It uses fibre optic cables up to the street cabinet and copper wire to connect the cabinets to homes and businesses. Engineers use copper as an economical substitute because it is costly to install fibre optic cables to a home or business.
FTTP means “Fiber to the Premises”. An FTTP service is a pure fibre-optic cable connection running directly from an Internet Service Provider (ISP) to the user’s home or business.
As such, your internet connection is fibre to your home. This is a good thing, as when it comes to rating cable vs fibre internet, fibre is quicker than cable.
FTTP is excellent in providing high-speed broadband service to users in their homes and businesses. It is designed so people can go back into the system and add to it as needed, built with the future in mind.
At FACTCO, we recognise the need for better broadband. Whether you want blisteringly-fast speeds, better reliability, or personable support – FACTCO has a package for you.
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