What is fibre optic broadband?
With fibre optic broadband, the copper is replaced with microscopically thin ‘pipes’ of plastic or glass. These cables don’t suffer from the same levels of interruption as copper and nor does the signal get weaker with distance.
This means that superfast broadband speeds of 300Mbps are possible, and some specialist providers are even offering 1Gbps for the first time.
Without wanting to get too technical on you, there are two different types of fibre optic broadband, FTTC and FTTP.
FTTC stands for ‘fibre to the cabinet’. This means that fibre optic cables have replaced the traditional cables from the main exchange to the green street cabinet. However, from the cabinet to your house, copper wiring is still used.
What this means is that yes, you’ll get quicker speeds, but you’ll still suffer some reduction depending on where you live relative to the box.
FTTP means ‘fibre to the premises’ and in this situation you genuinely are getting fibre optic all the way to your home. It is under FTTP that you’ll get the truly fast speeds.