What is Fibre Optic Broadband?
In Worcestershire, as of this article being written, there are two major options when it comes to Fibre, and the coverage of each varies quite a bit depending on where you live.
Both of which don’t actually use Fibre for the entire distance between your ISP and your property.
The First and newest to the region is FTTC – (Fibre to the Cabinet) – which is currenty being installed (by BT OpenReach) as we speak in Kidderminster but has already been activated, and therefore available, in the following Worcestershire Telephone Exchanges.
Bewdley, Bromsgrove, Droitwich, Evesham, Fernhill Heath, Headless Cross, Hillside, Ipsley, Malvern, St Johns, St Peters, Stourport, Worcester
The Kidderminster exchange should be Fibre enabled by the end of June 2012.
Oh! and did you know you can get Fibre Optic Broadband from more than just BT? We can also provide you, or your business, with FTTC broadband locally if your area is covered.
The Second option is Virgin’s Cable broadband which already uses Fibre for the major portion of its journey to the roadside cabinets. It then uses a co-axial cable for the remainder of the trip to your home.
So how does FTTC make my connection faster?
In a nutshell, The main bulk of data transmission is made along the Fibre cables from your exchange to your ISP at the speed of light over Fibre optic cables, the end communication between your Router and your Exchange via your standard telephone socket, all takes place over the standard copper cables just like you do now, if you have an ADSL or ADSL2 Broadband connection. It differs though because it uses VDSL to communicate (very high bit-rate DSL).
For an in-depth description of VDSL see here
Can i have a VDSL connection without my exchange being Fibre enabled?
No, VDSL technology is only useable over short distances approximately 4,000ft or 1.2Km before it needs converting to digital and sending via Fibre Optics.
ADSL on the other hand can travel much further distances 18,000ft before it needs to connect to a DSLAM (basically a device that handles multiple DSL connections from different users)
When will Fibre Optic Superfast Broadband be available to me or my business?
BT Openreach the company responsible for managing and maintaing the telephone lines, have a website here where you can check to see when and where Fibre is available.
Which is better Cable Broadband or FTTC?
Virgin offer packages or Up to 30Mb, 60Mb or 100Mb and most ISP’s providing Broadband via FTTC offer packages of Up to 38Mb, 76Mb or 100Mb
Obviously the answer depends on What’s available to you? what speed your likely to get? and how stable the service and support will be?
Where can i check what Broadband options are available to me?
Our personal recommendation to find out impartially what services are available via your local exchange is samknows.com ‘s Uk Broadband Availability Checker
If you can’t get ADSL2, ADSL2+, FTTC or CableBroadband where you are, and you live/work in Worcestershire then I’d recommend you fill out the Worcestershire Councils Survey to help secure funding to your area for faster broadband implementation. Oh and while you’re there Like their Facebook page and share the link with your friends (A little positive sharing could help secure faster broadband services where you are!)
*The details in this article are correct to the best of our knowledge, but should you believe their to be any errors please feel free to let us know!