Friday, 7 February 2020
Full fibre is not just recommended for your diet, it is also extremely helpful for your home and business. We have seen a lot of coverage in the news lately about improvements to the UK’s overall broadband connectivity – but what does it all mean?
As a country, the UK rank only 35th on the global table of broadband speeds, for how technologically advanced our lives are, our broadband speeds don’t match up. A recent article by the BBC has explained that in 2018 5% of the country was able to access FTTP broadband (that means full fibre – the good stuff!) In 2019 that doubled to 10% - which is a step in the right direction. Faster broadband saves us all time, money and stress! The difficulty that faces the UK, the article explains, is the labour intensive process of laying the broadband, especially for more rural areas. Check out the following example of some of the tools and processes they are using to do the job, so remember if your daily routine is disrupted by roadworks – this could be why:
- Diamond cutter - a giant rotating blade with diamonds embedded in the metal coating means it can slice through roads and pavements, leaving a neat channel into which feed fibre-optic cables can be fed
- Ditch witch - a blade carves a narrow trench, eliminating the need to dig manually
- Ground-penetrating radar - pulses of high frequency radio waves are sent through the ground
Where possible, especially in cities, it is possible to use existing networks or ducts. Companies like City Fibre are storming the market with their full fibre ‘Gigabit Cities’ connecting businesses using new and existing infrastructures to provide city wide, full fibre connections.
Get in touch with us at 2 Circles Consulting to find out about how we can do all of the jargon busting for you and find you the most effective and fastest connectivity solution for your business.