Everything You Need To

Know About Full Fibre

What is Full Fibre?

The biggest question for those new to this broadband technology is, what is full fibre?

To put it simply, full fibre means gigabit-capable speeds (or 1000Mbps), which is about 20X faster compared with the national average speed of 51.48Mps, resulting in a much more reliable and consistent internet connection.

How do Fibre Optic Cables work?

The main difference is that they use light as their data transmission method while copper uses electrical signals that get weaker the further they travel. Light signals on the other hand are able to travel much further, much quicker, and ensure a consistent connection, no matter the distance.

For more in-depth information about how light transmits data, you may find this blog useful.


Fibre to the Cabinet or FTTC

FTTC involves a fibre optic cable running to the cabinet and a copper cable running from the cabinet to your house. This offers fast but limited broadband speeds.


Fibre to the Premise or FTTP

FTTP involves a fibre optic cable running from a cabinet, a green metal box you may have seen in your area, straight to your house. This is the most reliable and fastest broadband.



An Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line or ADSL is provided over your existing phone line through copper wires.

It uses the Openreach phone line network and is currently the most common broadband connection available in the UK.

Benefits of Full Fibre Broadband

Video calls – Faster internet can mean the difference between an informative team meeting and a frustrating waste of time.

Sending and receiving large files –Faster internet can provide close to instant uploads and downloads making sending those important emails a breeze.

Multiple Devices – Faster broadband can dramatically reduce lag time and keep you connected regardless of others using the internet.

Online research and browsing – Faster internet can prevent unnecessary interruptions during the day, and we all know how frustrating it can be waiting for pages to load when you’re in the flow.

Professionalism – Upgrading to faster broadband can keep you connected and available to your team if you work from home.

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Download and Upload Speeds

Without getting too technical, the download speed is the rate at which data is taken from the internet to a device. The upload, therefore, is the rate data taken from your device to the internet.

Fibre Broadband Installation Process

Step 1

Choose an internet provider that’s right for you.

Step 2

On the day, we’ll call you to let you know we’re on route.

Step 3

When one of our engineers arrives, they will assess the property and locate the nearest point of presence or network point.

Step 4

When the method of connection has been identified, the engineer will install a grey box to the outside of your house. This is called a customer splice point (CSP).

Step 5

The fibre cable will be taken from the newly installed CSP and connected to another small grey box called an optical network terminal (ONT) inside your home.

Step 6

Finally, the engineer will carry out a configuration test, which means the installation process is complete. You are now free to connect your router.

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