Fibre optic delivers a new generation of broadband - it's quicker at carrying data than traditional copper wires. You can download music, films and television programmes in no time at all.
Superfast fibre optic broadband speeds vary from 38Mb per second to 76Mb per second, meaning you can browse webpages, play games and stream films faster than ever before. Most urban areas have access to fibre optic broadband, while some rural areas still struggle with coverage.
How does fibre optic broadband work?
Fibre optic broadband uses cables, made of plastic or glass, which are positioned underground. This improves overall internet speed and service but is not available to everyone.
By contrast, traditional ADSL broadband runs through copper telephone wires which are sometimes overhead. Through copper wires, the broadband speed is lost quickly. This is why ADSL broadband customers will experience different broadband speeds depending on how far their home is from the exchange. Fibre optic broadband customers will lose less speed over long distances and this makes it the perfect option for those looking for super-fast broadband.
Not all providers can offer fibre optic broadband, and not all areas in the UK have the cables in place - particularly villages and small towns in the countryside. You should use a postcode checker to see if your house can be serviced by fibre optic broadband before then searching for fibre optic broadband providers.