What is Full Fibre?

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.

What does the future hold?

The radically increased reliability and speed offered by Full Fibre will underpin new ways of doing business, delivering public services and added flexibility in the workforce. It can deliver significant benefits to consumers at home too. 

A report from the Centre for Economics and Business on behalf of Openreach, estimated a £59bn boost to UK productivity by 2025 powered by the nationwide rollout of Full Fibre, while enabling much greater flexibility in terms of how businesses operate and employees work. 

There is evidence that the technology itself offers substantial direct environmental benefits, particularly in terms of the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and increased energy efficiency associated with the delivery of broadband services.

Working with Carnstone, we have created a paper to review the direct environmental benefits arising from a shift to Full Fibre; in particular that such a move may be up to 80% more energy efficient compared to existing copper-based services.