Next Generation of high speed internet access is likely to come
from Fibre Broadband that could deliver broadband speeds of around
Broadband (also known as Cable
broadband) is slowly gaining momentum with the realisation that
the UK is going to need this as the next step for high speed Internet
access so as not to fall behind other countries.
Broadband uses Fibre Optic cable to deliver data and is able to
deliver it faster and also much more of it than can be done with
the existing copper wires currently in use.
have seen in the last year how standard dial up Internet has been
replaces by broadband and also how the need for faster broadband
speeds has also increased dramatically from the early days when
512kb-1Mb broadband was standard to now where ADSL2+
offers theoretical broadband speeds of 24Mb.
Broadband is the next step in the evolution of broadband and high
speed Internet and looks to be the only real way to be able to comfortably
cope with users demands. As faster speeds become available people
are needing far transferring far more data.
to a report from the FCC, a single twisted copper pair can deal
with 6 phone calls compared to a single fibre pair that can cope
with 2.5 million phone calls!
Broadband, also known as FTTH
(Fibre To The Home) is the fastest and makes the most use of Fibre.
Other uses of Fibre are FTTC
(Fibre To The Cabinet) where the Fibre takes the data to the street
cabinets and then 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.
largest UK Fibre broadband provider is Virgin
Media Broadband who run their own fibre optic network that
have started to offer broadband
speeds of 50Mb.
BT have started to install their own fibre optic broadband network which they have called BT Infinity. BT Infinity will offer broadband speeds up to 40Mb.
relating to Fibre Broadband