The word “fibre”, when describing broadband services, can prove confusing. The ASA, Advertising Standards Authority, have regulations in place allowing certain products to be defined as “fibre”.
In theory, this should remove unnecessary jargon from customers’ everyday lives. For those looking at full-fibre broadband, though, it may seem hard to understand what the cream of the crop is.
Put simply, there are three main benefits to full-fibre internet connections. Firstly, pure fibre internet has a fixed connection speed. This means the connection speed will not fluctuate throughout the length of your contract.
Secondly, radio frequency interference spikes cannot cause a loss of signal on a pure fibre connection.
Finally, with a pure fibre connection, there is no sync period, except for PPPoE sessions etc.
The majority will compromise to save some money, yet those looking for a Gigabit connection which can allow ultrafast, reliable connectivity, need to know the giant leap that a Gigabit speed can achieve.
Companies looking for unprecedented speeds and consistency across multiple devices need assurance of making the right investment.
Alternative Gigabit network providers like CityFibre have pushed hard to stop the use of the word “fibre” for services such as VDSL2 or DOCSIS 3.0. A compromise may come in the form of using terms such as “partial fibre” or “hybrid fibre” which better describes services utilising FTTC (Fibre To The Cabinet) technologies.
The difference between these services, and pure fibre connections such as the ones provided by Gigabit Networks, which is a City Champion for Cityfibre for the Midlands, is the strength and consistency of the fibre-optic connection.
Whilst FTTC uses a fibre connection up until the roadside cabinet, it utilises less-reliable copper wiring to complete the connection. Although this provides what is technically a fibre broadband connection, the copper used often delivers a less reliable, slower internet than promised.
For the Cityfibre pure fibre connections that Gigabit Networks sells across Leicester, Nottingham, Derby, Cambridge and Coventry, FTTP (Fibre To The Premises) technologies are used. This takes the strong, industrial-grade fibre materials from the local exchange directly to your home or business.
So – to remember these distinctions is to understand the tangible benefits of what a pure fibre Gigabit connection is, and why to be cautious when searching for plans with the label “fibre”.