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Sick and tired of your copper broadband being unreliable and slow? Well, there are various other options that you can opt to side with as a replacement. One of the most popular ones in recent times is full fibre optic broadband.

Not sure what full fibre optic broadband is? Or how it can improve your internet speed, performance and user experience? Don’t worry. This post will cover everything you need to know and will compare it to a copper broadband alternative.

We’ll cover:

What is Full Fibre Optic Broadband?

Full fibre optic broadband is the fastest broadband option that you can choose on the market. It’s very, very fast. Not only is it quick, but it’s also designed to give you an unbelievably reliable connection.

How does it work? Well, full fibre broadband uses fibre optic cables all the way to your home. This is known as FTTP (Fibre to the premise). This is in contrast to FTTC (Fibre to the cabinet) where fibre is used up to the exchange and then outdated copper is used to connect your home. FTTP can transmit data nearly 10 times faster than copper.

If you’re downloading large files, films or playing online games, then the likelihood is that you would benefit massively from having full fibre optic broadband installed in your home. This is also true if you work from home, as you’re going to need the most reliable and speedy service provider that you can find to get the job done as efficiently as possible.

How Does it Differ From Copper Broadband?

Bandwidth

Copper has a very limited bandwidth. Whereas, full fibre optic provides performances of up to 10Gbps and beyond. A fibre link will also travel more than 100 times further as well. Copper has a very high loss signal rate at high frequencies.

Speed

This is basically the speed of photons vs the speed of electrons. The photons travelling through fibre optic cables, come very close to the speed of light — only about 31 percent slower. Whereas, the electrons that are used in the copper wires travel at less than 1 percent of the speed of light. You can see that’s quite the difference, so is it any wonder that fibre optic produces quicker speeds than any other provider type?

Security

Full fibre optic cables don’t transmit electricity at all. They don’t radiate signals and can’t be tapped into, whereas copper does and it makes it easy for the whole system to become broken. A broken or damaged fibre can be detected straight away when it happens due to a number of systems. A copper cable carrying any kind of current can short out completely or even spark into a fire if it's damaged or worn.

 

Which is More Reliable: Full Fibre Optic vs Copper?

When you rely on copper broadband, there are more factors that can cause outages. Your connection may be lost on temperature fluctuations, severe weather conditions, and moisture. Which in rural England, all can’t be ruled out.

Old and worn copper cables can present fire hazards due to the electrical current flowing through them. In addition, as copper wires are accessed by telephone personnel companies, human error sometimes causes the wrong wires to be fiddled with which can also lead to problems.

Fibre optic cables are usually buried underground plus, the light and glass fibres used are more resistant to natural, environmental factors like the change in the weather and temperatures and won’t become damaged in the way that copper will. You can also lay fibre optic wires next to industrial equipment without worry.

Due to the resilience of these light and glass fibres compared to copper, full fibre optic broadband can provide an extremely reliable data transmission. There’ll be fewer problems with the wires which, in turn, means that the broadband speed and reliability will be more consistent too. 

Which Should You Choose?

Full fibre optic cables are fast becoming the most popular choice for broadband. This is mainly down to their capabilities. Most households will have various devices connected to their networks, so they’re going to need a broadband that’s capable of keeping up and running various jobs at a time.

With full fibre optic broadband, you’re offered higher speeds, stronger connection and a more reliable all round service. If you’re somebody who uses the internet a lot for streaming, gaming or even working from home, it’s a no-brainer that you should opt for full fibre optic broadband.

However, it doesn’t suit everybody. There’s not really much point in having an ultrafast fibre optic broadband if you rarely use the internet or use it well within your current plan's means. But with the way that broadband is evolving, it’s pretty safe to assume that it’s only a matter of time before full fibre optic eclipses copper cables.

Explore Your Possibilities With Gigaclear

An ultrafast fibre optic connection can enhance your internet experience. But don’t just take our word for it. We’ve put together a case study of previous rural villages that have gone live with Gigaclear. The case study includes quotes, benefits and savings that you can benefit from with the help of Gigaclear's ultrafast rural broadband.

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