What is the Difference between

Broadband & Fibre?

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When it comes to the type of internet connection you receive at your home or your business, there are a lot of terms that seem to be synonymous with each other. It can get confusing to know what is being offered especially if you are unaware of the differences.

We wanted to answer the question ‘what is the difference between broadband & fibre’ as they are often used together, but the differences are important to note.

What is Broadband

Broadband is defined as ‘the transmission of wide bandwidth data over a high-speed internet connection’. To put this into plain English, it is the ability to access the internet. You can access the internet from your devices because you have broadband.

There are different types of broadband. These types are the vehicle of the home broadband ie how the connection reaches your house. Because the broadband is the fact you are connected, HOW you are connected can differ (through copper networks, satellite connection, wireless connection and fibre connection).

All of these materials will result in you receiving a connection to the internet: if you use copper networks, you can access the internet, if you use satellite connection, you can access the internet, if you use a wireless connection, you can access the internet etc.

General uses of broadband consist of web surfing, streaming videos/films, emailing, gaming and any other day-to-day purposes you use the internet for.

To summarise, broadband is the connection you have to the internet.

What is Fibre

Fibre is a material of cable that is used to transmit data. As mentioned above, you can have a fibre broadband. This is because broadband is the connection; fibre is the vehicle that provides the connection.

Fibre (also known as fibre optic cables) carries many benefits over some of the aforementioned broadband counterparts. It is severely faster; it is far more reliable and it is a lot greener for the environment. We won’t go into the details of how this is so in this post, but just know that fibre broadband is superior in many factors over satellite broadband, wireless broadband or FTTC (copper broadband).

BEWARE however, as you may see the term ‘fibre broadband’ used by companies. Despite not telling a lie, it is only partly true for companies as they use fibre for half of the connection. To understand more about this, we have another post dedicated to learning about a full fibre connection.

Broadband vs Fibre

Now we understand what’s the difference between broadband and fibre. Fibre is a type of broadband connection. By having a fibre broadband, you are able to transmit data quicker (have a faster internet connection).

Let us now compare the other types of broadband we can receive vs a fibre broadband.

Fibre ADSL (Copper) Wireless Satellite
Speed (up to) 1000Mbps (up to) 60Mbps 12Mbps (up to) 30Mbps
Price £30* £27.99* N/A (wireless broadband is often used as part of packages through wireless routers £20-£87**
Unique Advantages No traffic ‘peaks’ Most accessible Free range of movement Greater coverage for rural places
Unique Disadvantages Susceptible to foul play Outdated technology Not the fastest of speeds Patchy connection due to moving satellites

*Taken from BT prices as of writing

**https://www.comparethemarket.com/broadband/content/satellite-broadband/

From the speeds alone, we can see that fibre broadband Is far superior than its broadband counterparts. With its primary disadvantage coming from external foul play, if left to its devices, fibre optic broadband results in a better performance and better connection.

A Fibre Broadband Connection

If you are wanting to learn more about beginner fibre knowledge (such as what is the difference between broadband and fibre), browse our blogs to see what else you can learn. Use our postcode checker to see if you are eligible for a full fibre broadband connection and if you are, find out the progress of your town to see how close we are to completing and finalizing your build.

If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our expert team, and we will reply as soon as we can.

 

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Fibre Heroes is part of Full Fibre Limited. Prices shown are indicative of ISP pricing and subject to change.

Terms and Conditions

*Conditions

This information does not constitute an offer by Full Fibre Limited (“Full Fibre”) which is available to you to accept (or transfer or sell). Instead, Full Fibre is putting in place a network which would enable those ISPs which sign up to using that network to offer their own customers prices in the ranges illustrated. These prices (which would include free standard installation and VAT) are indicative only and whether they will be available to you depends on the following factors:-

  • Has your ISP signed up to using Full Fibre’s network?
  • Is your ISP offering these prices? Which prices are offered to end-users ultimately depend on the ISP concerned and Full Fibre does not control this decision or impose prices.
  • Has the Full Fibre network gone live in your area?
  • Are there any technical or other issues affecting your access to the Full Fibre network?
  • Would you be a new fibre connection with the ISP? The indicative prices are not aimed at an ISP’s existing customers.

Full Fibre also reserves the right to amend these price illustrations (and its website generally) at any time.”