We need the internet – fast, reliable internet – to work, connect with friends and family, and for entertainment. But more than that, the internet is necessary for economic growth and to propel society forward into the digital age.
For that, we need fibre.
What is fibre?
Fibre-optic threads use light impulses to carry digital data signals over longer distances and at higher bandwidths than electrical cables. Each thread is as thin as a human hair and made of glass – making it the most efficient way to encode and decode information on the internet.
What’s the difference between fibre connectivity and DSL connectivity?
Fibre transmits data with pulses of light over fibre-optic cables, while ADSL (asymmetric digital subscriber line) transmits data along copper telephone cables. VDSL (very-high-bit-rate digital subscriber line) is another type of digital subscriber line that uses copper lines more efficiently and can reach speeds of up to 40 megabits per second (Mbps).
Fibre is more reliable than copper wires – it’s faster and because it’s made of glass, weather and distance won’t affect it.
What are the benefits of fibre?
- It’s more stable and reliable.
- Fibre has quicker, more consistent internet speeds.
- Fibre is easier to maintain.
- The signal can travel over longer distances.
- Fibre is not susceptible to electrical interference or electromagnetic noise.
- Fibre offers a better broadband connection and a clearer signal, so you can:
– Watch Netflix or YouTube without it buffering- Play games without the lag- Sync your home’s smart devices- Convert your home to a smart home
How fast is fibre?
Imagine the difference between trying to download a video with fibre (30 minutes) and doing it by VDSL (almost eight hours).
Fibre is 50 times faster than a 2Mbps line. Fibre is available as 10Mbps, 20Mbps, 40Mbps, 100Mbps and 200Mbps lines, whereas DSL is maxed out at 40Mbps.
The graph below illustrates the difference in download speeds between fibre and VDSL.