What is a full fibre connection?

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You may have heard in the news about a Government target to have 85% of premises in the UK to have access to gigabit-broadband. To achieve this goal, the existing network needs to be corrected and changed. The existing copper networks simply can’t keep up with the increasing demand that the new digital world is requiring.

With working from home now becoming a staple in many businesses, entertainment coming through screens, smartphones, smart watches, smart fridges that all require a strong connection to keep everyday life ticking over smoothly, a new way of connecting exchanges to premises is needed. 

A ‘full fibre’ connection is needed for the Government to meet their target and for everyday life to be made significantly easier.  

Before you learn about how awesome the power of full fibre is, benchmark your current internet speed using our speed test. If it is slower than what you’re paying for, you’re in the right place to look for a new internet service provider.

What is full fibre?

Full fibre describes the connection lines running from your local exchange to your house or place of work; essentially, fibre optic cables are the sole cable used to deliver your broadband. 

The current choice of network cables relies on both fibre optic and copper wires. However, these copper wires are becoming outdated and are the most common cause of the slow and inconsistent connection that you may experience. 

A lot of broadband providers already claim to use fibre connection, which is true, but they use fibre optic cables partially. This is known as FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet). The ‘cabinet’ referenced here, are the green boxes that you see on your street, or you may see a technician attending to. 

However, a full fibre connection consists of the aforementioned FTTC as well as FTTP (Fibre to the Premise). The ‘premise’ in this case, is your home or your business. Currently, your connection from the cabinet is made from outdated copper wires. A full fibre connection replaces these with faster, slicker and more efficient fibre-optic cables giving you a true full fibre connection. 

See below for a visual diagram that can help paint the picture: 

FTTC Infographic 64MbpsUnlimited speed of FTTP

Why you Need Full Fibre

During the pandemic, pressure on the existing copper network increased. During 2020 in England, UK, the copper networks experienced 5,000 outages and performance was 30% poorer in comparison to 2019. With video content being pioneered by YouTube and Netflix, higher speeds are required for a sustainable digital lifestyle. 40% of homes will need 1Gbps and 42% of homes will need 300Mbps upload AND download speeds by 2025. The copper network will be discontinued by 2025 with a full fibre network taking its place.

With a full fibre network, eye-grabbing, headline speeds will no longer just be that. They will be attainable speeds that you can access. Terabytes of information can be transmitted per second, busy ‘peak’ hours will be no more as fibre networks can withstand and over-deliver no matter the usage. Your internet may work well today, but by switching now, you will save yourself a lot of time, effort and stress when every other house is demanding a connection.

Benefits of Full Fibre

There are many benefits of switching to a full fibre connection. More than you may think. Some of these include:

Faster speeds

Copper cables were designed to carry voice calls and usually provide around 60 Mbps which simply cannot keep up with our ever-evolving digital world. When switching to a full fibre connection, some appliances have potential to reach speeds of over 1,000mbps (1 gigabit). 

Easier working from home

Full fibre connections can improve online video calls, enable quicker file transfers and downloads and give you a consistent connection no matter the activity that is happening in your house at any one time.

Multiple users without buffering

With around 82% of people in the UK owning a smartphone, the number of devices that rely on a strong connection has increased drastically. With a full fibre connection, your broadband will be able to handle all your devices and more, all without the lag and buffering. Waiting for your devices to catch up with you won’t happen anymore.

Game, stream and watch without hassle

With all the emerging streaming platforms, the rise of YouTube, increased access to online gaming, your connection needs to be able to handle your demand for bandwidth. A full fibre connection can handle all the family’s content needs and more.

How can you get Full Fibre Connection

If you are interested in receiving a faster connection for your personal or business use, see if we are building in your area. Enter your postcode into our postcode checker and we will let you know if we are coming to you.

If you are wanting to learn more about FullFibre, please browse our website and learn about our products, partnerships and our current areas of coverage. If you are wanting to know how a full fibre network can benefit you even further, then please get in touch to see how we can help you.

Wanting a Full Fibre Connection?

If you have any other general questions regarding a potential full fibre broadband, how we operate, who we are, then please do get in touch. Call us on 0333 121 0505 or you can email us at enquiries@fullfibre.co. Alternatively, you can fill out our online contact form with any queries and we will be delighted to help you where we can.


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