The Next Generation of high speed internet access will come from Fibre Broadband which is capable of delivering broadband speeds of around 100Mb.
Fibre Broadband uses Fibre Optic cable to deliver broadband services and can deliver this at 10 times the speed of copper wiring which is currently the most used in the UK.
Fibre Broadband is the next step in the evolution of high speed Internet and looks to be the only real way to be able to comfortably cope with multi-media demands such as online TV that are available. As the faster speeds become available people are transferring far more data.
The differences are that a single twisted copper cable pair can deal with 6 phone calls compared to a single fibre pair that can cope with 2.5 million phone calls!
Fibre Broadband, also known as FTTH (Fibre To The Home), is the fastest and makes the most use of Fibre, but due to the cost of implementing this only few households will have this installed. The most common and cost effective method currently being rolled out by BT is known as FTTC (Fibre To The Cabinet) where the Fibre takes the data from the local telephone exchange to the street cabinets and then the existing copper wire takes it the rest of the way. This offers less benefits and speed than FTTH as the copper wire does not offer the same speeds and bandwidth as fibre, but is the cheapest and most cost effective for homes and small businesses. With FTTH expect to get speeds of up to 100MB or above and with FTTC expect to get speeds of up to 40MB.
We have put together a number of websites that allow you to check when your local telephone exchange is Fibre enabled or when it will be enabled.
This website http://www.superfast-openreach.co.uk/where-and-when checks when your telephone exchange will be enabled for Fibre Broadband. Just enter your post code or area and this will tell you when your exchange is due to be enabled or if it is already enabled.
If your exchange is enabled, use this link http://www.dslchecker.bt.com/adsl/adslchecker.welcome by entering your telephone number to see if your line can receive Fibre Broadband.