What Is Fibre Optic Broadband?
Tuesday, 31st March 2020
You’ve probably heard of fibre optic broadband… it seems to be advertised everywhere and hailed as the cream of the crop in the broadband world. But do you actually know what it is? How it works? And if you should be getting it? Well, go nowhere, because we’re about to find out…
Fibre optic broadband explained
Fibre optic is a type of high-speed broadband. In fact, it offers the fastest downloads speeds out there with some companies averaging speeds of more than 300Mb – much faster than other types of broadband.
The higher the Mb amount, the quicker your internet runs – letting you browse, stream and game buffer-free. However, these high speeds don’t come free (or even cheap) and they will likely cost you more money on a monthly contract… just something to consider!
How does fibre optic broadband work?
The main difference with fibre optic, cable and ADSL broadband is HOW data is sent to your home.
ADSL uses a phone line to connect to the telephone exchange, which in turn provides internet to your home.
Cable broadband sends data through copper wires directly to your home, usually through the Openreach network.
Whereas, fibre optic broadband sends data through fibre optic wires, made of glass or plastic, to a green street cabinet near your home. This is then sent to your home via copper wires. Some companies offer fibre optic wires straight to your property, although this isn’t that common.
Do you need fibre optic broadband?
Ok, so here’s the big question. To fibre optic, or not to fibre optic? It all depends on a few different factors.
1. How many people are in your household?
If there’s only you and your dog, you’re unlikely to need super-fast fibre optic broadband. But if there’s you, your partner and your 4 kids that are all regularly using the internet at once, you might want to consider a fibre optic connection as there’s no doubting its speed and reliability.
2. Is your household internet-crazy?
Gamers, streamers, browsers… Netflix bingers, Youtube addicts, Fornite junkies… we’re talking to you now. All these things use up a lot of data and require a lot of download power. So if this sounds like your household, it could be another reason to consider upgrading your broadband package as soon as possible.
3. How much do you want to spend?
Whether or not you have a household full of web-crazed teenagers eating data like chocolate biscuits, your broadband package could all come down to cost. And you’ll be pleased to know there are broadband packages available for every type of budget, ranging from around £16 per month for 10Mb to over £40 for the fastest internet speeds.
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