Fibre broadband is a new type of broadband that is currently being deployed in the UK which uses fibre optic cables to help increase the speed of your broadband connection. It is often referred to as ‘next-generation broadband’ as it offers faster speeds than have been available to date using older generation networks.
Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) involves running fibre optic cables from the telephone exchange or distribution point to the cabinet in the street which then connects to a standard phone line to provide broadband. This is combined with a copper cable from the cabinet to the home or business which uses VDSL or similar technology that can deliver much faster speeds over shorter distances.
Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP), also often referred to as Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) should be available towards the end of 2012, this service provides an end-to-end fibre optic connection the full distance from the exchange to the building and can deliver faster speeds than FTTC as there is no copper leg at all.
FTTC broadband offers a download speed of 80meg (80Mbps), but the actual maximum speed of the service will be slightly lower than this at around 78Mbps. Different upload speeds are available at either 10Mbps or 20Mbps. Not everyone will receive the maximum speed as it depends on the length of your phone line to the cabinet which is providing your broadband service, but we will guarantee that the minimum sync speed will be 15Mbps or 30Mbps.