We spend so much of our lives online these days, decent internet speeds are becoming an increasingly vital necessity. Technological advances are boosting our internet speeds all the time; where we once had those painfully slow dial-up speeds, we now have ADSL broadband. Technology has now moved forward once again, and fibre optic broadband is making its way into homes around the country. So, what do you need to know about this type of broadband?
How does it work?
Fibre optic broadband achieves its high speeds by using small optical fibres within wires, which are used to send information as pulses of light. It is this use of optical fibres, rather than traditional copper wires, which gives fibre optic broadband its higher speeds. This is because the optics have less interference so signal strength is maintained for longer, resulting in better internet speeds.
How does it compare with ADSL broadband?
When we were all using a dial-up connection, which operated at around 56kps, the switch to ADSL and its 24Mbps was huge. It is the same with the jump from ADSL to fibre optic. Where ADSL offers a maximum speed of 24Mbps, fibre optic connections have the capacity to reach speeds of 100Mbps.
Is it available everywhere?
Fibre optic broadband is unfortunately not available to everyone in the UK. Most large towns and cities will be able to access it, but there will still be some addresses that won’t be able to get it. But the technology is still in its relative infancy, so as it becomes more commonplace it will be more widely available.