At the moment, most home broadband connections are delivered using a mix of fibre-optic cables and old copper cables, which have been in place for decades, originally to deliver telephone services. This system uses a copper connection between the premise – a home or business – and the nearest green street cabinet. Full Fibre uses a fibre optic cable to connect to households without using any copper cable at all. Often this is called ‘Fibre To The Premises’ or FTTP.
These connections can deliver much higher download speeds, of up to 1 Gbit/s and are also up to five times more reliable than older, copper-based broadband, and less likely to slow down when lots of people use them at the same time.
Since 2014, we have been a pioneer in developing Full Fibre, driven by a belief that it is critical for the UK’s digital future. We are determined to remain at the forefront of this drive, as we recognise the benefits to the UK economy, society and the environment.