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What is fibre broadband?

All your questions about fibre broadband are answered! How is it different from ADSL? Does it cost extra? Can I get it? Read on for all the answers and discover the best fibre broadband deals available.

By on June 09, 2015 at 11:00 AM
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What is fibre broadband?

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All your questions about fibre broadband are answered! How is it different from ADSL? Does it cost extra? Can I get it? Read on for all the answers and discover the best fibre broadband deals available. 

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Fibre vs standard broadband

What is fibre broadband I hear you ask! How is it different from the broadband you have now? 

 - What are the benefits? 

 - Will it change the way you use the internet? 

 - Will it cost any extra? 

 - How do you switch? 

Let's start with - What is fibre broadband? 

Fibre Broadband is superfast broadband, delivered to your home through fibre cables. Fibre cables run from the telephone exchange. In the fibre cables, data is sent at the speed of light. Light is beamed into the cable and bounces along the cable until it reaches the street cabinet. Unlike copper cables, your connection speed isn't affected by how long the cable is. A shorter copper cable will run from the street cabinet to your house. This cable is only short, so your broadband will be lightning fast!

What are the benefits? 

1. Speed! At speeds up to 10 times faster than ADSL, you can download movies, music, games and large emails much quicker. Websites will load faster too. 

2. You can have more people browsing the internet and downloading, without slowing down your connection.

3. Fibre broadband is much more robust than ADSL. It's less likely to be cut, has a longer life expectancy than copper cables, and requires little maintenance over its life. 

Will it change the way I use the internet? 

Yes! Lots of broadband providers advertise Fire broadband speeds of up to 38, 76 and even 100Mbps, but what does this mean? How will more Mbps affect you? 

With ADSL speeds of up to 17Mbps you can : 

 - Download a movie in approx 16 mins

 - Download a game in approx 33 min

 - Download a music album in 2 min

With fibre speeds of 38 - 76Mbps you can :

 - Download a movie in approx 7 mins

 - Download a game in approx 15 min

 - Download a music album in 1 min

With fibre speeds of 100Mbps + you can :

 - Download a movie in approx 3 mins

 - Download a game in approx 6 min

 - Download a music album in 20s

Even if you don't live in a city, your broadband speeds will increase with fibre broadband. 

 In rural areas, ADSL speeds are on average 8Mbps. With fibre broadband, these speeds are likely to increase to on average 38Mbps. In urban areas, ADSL speeds are on average 13Mbps. With fibre broadband, these speeds are likely to increase to on average 49Mbps. 

Will it cost me any extra? 

As a general rule, fibre is usually more expensive than ADSL. However, providers often have sales! Including 12 months free, 12 months half price, vouchers and cash back. This can make fibre broadband cheaper than ADSL.

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