We have covered much of this in previous sessions, but as a refresher…
what are the speeds like around here?
Fibre optic broadband (usually shortened to ‘fibre broadband’) is the future of broadband. Currently, two forms of fibre broadband are being rolled out by BT: Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) and Fibre to the Premises (FTTP).
Fibre broadband can deliver significantly faster download broadband speeds than conventional broadband (ADSL and ADSL2+) services. Curently, FTTC services offer download speeds up to 76 Mbps while FTTP services offer download speeds up to 330 Mbps.
A critical issue with fibre optic broadband is availability, although this is increasing steadily. By September 2013, BT’s fibre broadband network could be accessed by about 17 million homes and businesses in the UK.
While FTTC currently accounts for the vast majority of fibre broadband connections, FTTP take-up will increase with the increasing availability of BT’s FTTP on Demand product (which launched in Early Market Deployment form in April 2013 at a limited number of exchanges). Eventually, this will be available in all areas where FTTC is available.
What speeds are available:
ADSL: up to 15Mb/s
Fibre: there are two types
FTTP: 50-330Mb/s determined by your package
FTTC: 15 – 100Mb/s dependent on the distance from the cabinet.
Cable: variable – up to 500MB/s in the US (150Mb/s in the UK? – this figure will always be getting better).