What’s the difference between Fibre and Copper

 

The basic rule is broadband does not like travelling along copper, the more copper it has to travel along, the slower the speed.

ADSL


Other than our existing high-speed wireless service, the only other alternative currently available in your village is an ADSL service. This type of broadband is an “electrical solution” delivered over your existing copper wire all the way from the telephone exchange to your home. Because of the “loss” over copper, this means the ADSL service is not very fast. Typically you can get 2 Mbps download, and 0.5 Mbps upload.


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FTTC:


Many parts of Essex and the UK now have Fibre-To-The-Cabinet (FTTC). This is a part “electrical” and part “optical” solution and is better than ADSL because the cabinets in the street are served by fibre optic cable.

Because it has “some” Fibre in the network, some companies call this Fibre Broadband… we don’t! The delivery to your home is still made over the old copper wire network. This means there can be a dramatic drop in speed the further away your home is from the cabinet (ie the longer the copper wire needed to reach it). Typically the download speeds delivered vary dramatically between around 10 Mbps to 50 Mbps but upload speeds are still much lower on this technology at about 6Mbps to 10Mbps.

Although this is better than ADSL, it is still a far cry from future proofing the village and many homes will not get anything like the headline speeds advertised, as being only a few hundred yards from a cabinet makes a significant difference to the actual speeds delivered.


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FTTH:


The best type of solution is Fibre-To-The-Home (FTTH) as this does not use any copper. The optical connection travels at the speed of light and does not vary with distance, so unlike copper, there is no “loss.” We will be offering a range speeds up to 1000 Mbps download AND upload speed service at launch, with even faster speeds to follow!

FTTH can completely replace the need to use any copper, so you will no longer need a copper phone line for either your broadband or your telephone. You can still use the same telephone as you have now, and can almost always keep the same telephone number.


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