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What is Gigabit Internet?

August 10, 2020
Dom Taylor

Gigabit internet is the next generation of ultrafast internet. Advanced, reliable pure-fibre technology enables direct internet access to businesses and homes across the UK, at speeds of 1Gbps.

One gigabit per second – a connection that could download a 5GB file in 40 seconds. That’s a HD movie, or hundreds of songs. Speeds like this are regularly required for industrial applications, in the IT and media industries to name a few. The strength and reliability of Gigabit allows many people on net-connected devices to painlessly transfer huge files at once.

Obviously, even home users can benefit greatly from the increased speeds pure-fibre broadband provides. Gigabit connectivity opens up the exciting potential of flawless multiplayer gaming, streaming and online trading.

Recent years have seen government incentives to ramp up production and adoption, increasing nationwide popularity and demand for pure-fibre internet. The midlands, for example, has saw great investment in FTTP networks across cities like Leicester, Cambridge, Derby and Nottingham. As investment continuously rises, Gigabit speeds are becoming more readily available.

These unprecedented speeds are made possible by fibre optic technology known as Fibre To The Premises (FTTP), or Fibre To The Home (FTTH). Many connections labelled as fibre, however, are unable to reach the speeds of Gigabit Broadband.

This is due to Fibre To The Cabinet (FTTC), the technology adopted by the main broadband providers, which means the fibre connection you’re paying for ends at the roadside cabinets that deliver the connection to your home or business. From there, slower, older copper lines are relied on to complete the connection, inevitably decreasing speed and consistency.

Aside from FTTP, Leased Lines can deliver Gigabit speeds to your premises. It’s important to distinguish them both, as many businesses on FTTP connections perceive themselves as using Leased Lines. Both go directly to your premises, it’s just that Leased Lines are dedicated and not shared with anyone else, whereas FTTP connections are.

Leased Lines provide more reliability and greater speed, simply because your business is not fighting for connection. Leased Lines are therefore more expensive yet are not restricted by the availability of street cabinets.

The premium, unrivalled nature of these Leased Lines and FTTP connections leaves a service level agreement of 99% uptime. Growing alternative network providers, such as Cityfibre, are currently expanding their reach across the UK, making affordable and widespread pure fibre, Gigabit broadband connections a reality for small businesses, sole traders and home users alike.

Gigabit Networks is a Cityfibre City Champion for the East Midlands, providing reliable, fast pure-fibre internet to cities within the midlands, powered by the Cityfibre network. To allow your business the freedom of Gigabit ultrafast internet, in Leicester, Nottingham, Derby and Cambridge, contact us today.

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