What’s all this I keep hearing about full fibre – what’s the big deal…?

By Anita Jaynes on 30 June, 2020

CityFibre, the UK’s largest alternative provider of wholesale fibre network infrastructure and the builder of Gigabit Cities explains.

Digital connectivity has become a hot button issue. Yet, despite headline grabbing soundbites, few seem to fully grasp what full fibre connectivity means. Currently, much of the UK is using a copper-based legacy network and, at present, only around 12% of the country has access to full fibre networks. These networks differ from what most of the country currently has in that they use fibre optic cables to connect the exchange directly to each premises. 

How is full fibre really any different? 

Full fibre connections can deliver gigabit-capable speeds. That’s a dramatic upgrade on what most people currently use and makes all sorts of tasks much easier in terms of speeds and data handling. 

What’s more, the benefit of full fibre networks is that they offer far greater reliability than copper-based networks and they are cheaper to maintain and operate. Once the fibre’s in the ground, it’s in the ground for good and maintenance work is drastically reduced. Full fibre networks are also much smarter than the average copper-based network. With a full fibre network, there is far greater visibility and faults can be identified and solved in a fraction of the time. It means you will experience far less downtime when you upgrade to a full fibre network. 

It’s not just a speed upgrade

Full fibre will not just help you watch Netflix. Genuine full fibre networks offer genuinely transformative benefits. 

For example, having a full fibre connection could add a significant amount of value to people’s homes – up to £83m over 15 years in Swindon according to research from economic consultancy Regeneris. Meanwhile, a survey by Rightmove of more than 3,000 users found that information on broadband connectivity was ranked as a more important feature when searching for property than transport links and nearby schools.

The Regeneris study predicts that full fibre in 100 towns and cities will generate huge economic benefits for businesses, in particular SMEs – with up to £2.2bn being generated in business productivity. The benefits will be felt up and down the country, with full fibre helping Swindon generate £25m in business productivity, £23m in innovation benefits and £27m from new business start-ups. With that kind of upside, you can see why political parties are trying to put full fibre at the forefront of our national infrastructure upgrade. 

Sounds great, when can I get it?

People are increasingly waking up to the potential full fibre offers. CityFibre is doing its part with its £4bn Gigabit City investment programme which aims to rollout full fibre networks to 8 billion premises across the UK by 2025. When we are finished in Swindon the town will be one of the best-connected places in the world. 

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