Government intervention is critical

Whether it’s for business purposes, education, or leisure we as a society are increasingly dependent on fast and reliable broadband, so much so that in 2019 the UK government committed to providing 85% of the nation with gigabit capable broadband by 2025.

Openreach is the leading wholesale broadband network provider, and the trailblazer has invested a sizeable amount (£15bn) in a bid to modernize the UK’s digital infrastructure. At present, its estimated Openreach has successfully provided 7.1m homes and businesses across the UK with access to ultrafast and ultra-reliable full-fibre broadband. Openreach’s network is open and used by almost 700 communication providers who offer services such as broadband, phone and TV packages to homes and business in the UK. The Openreach network contains 192 million kilometres of fibre optic cables and copper wires; to put that into perspective, the cables could circle the planet 4798 times if they were laid flat!


But, what is full fibre broadband?

Full-fibre, often referred to as Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) is a direct optic connection between the local exchange, direct to the end-user premises, eliminating the historically preferred, copper-based telephones lines. Full-fibre differs from copper cables in that where copper cables would transmit sound, full-fibre cables transmit and deliver data using high-speed pulses of light.


Benefits of full fibre

Speed: Full-fibre can reach download speeds of 1Gbps, which is 10 times the speed of the UK’s average download speed to date.

Reliability: Due to its composition, full fibre cables are far more resistant to inclement weather, water damage and fluctuations in temperature whereas as copper network is susceptible to the elements.

Security: Full-fibre provides an added level of security in that they are unaffected by electromagnetic interference, so the data carried via full-fibre cables can not be interfered with or intercepted in transmission. Whether you’re a business or residential user, this added layer of security is a key unique selling point.

Future-proof: It’s anticipated that as technology advances the full-fibre network will facilitate and accommodate greater speeds and bandwidth, without the need for further engineering work. For that reason, the transition to a full-fibre network has been dubbed a once in a lifetime upgrade.

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