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About WightFibre

Our Network

The WightFibre Network is ultrafast, future-proof, resilient and secure with many design features that are unique to the Isle of Wight. It’s a different kind of broadband, putting the Island on a par with countries like Singapore and South Korea who have traditionally led the way when it comes to modern fibre-optic connectivity. Future proofed means it can grow to meet whatever future demands may be, to deliver on new ideas and innovations with virutally unlimited speeds and capacity.

Resilient Point to Point Network Architecture

WightFibre has one of the most advanced networks in the world. Every single home gets its own dedicated fibre optic cable (so no sharing with your neighbours) which will allow for virtually unlimited broadband speeds for decades to come. Built on a highly resilient 'ring' architecture the network can survive cable cuts - in the highly unlikely event this might happen - with interrupting customer service.

What is in a WightFibre Cabinet?

This White Paper explains what is in the WightFibre street cabinets and why they are such an important and resilient component within the full-fibre network.

You may have spotted the white street cabinets with the WightFibre logo around the Island. There are two kinds of cabinet, larger ‘Active Cabinets’ which is where all the high-speed local connections are made from and smaller ‘Passive Cabinets’ which contain fibre distribution panels to connect parts of the system together.

Connecting you with WightFibre Microduct Technology

This White Paper explains how the physical connection is made from the local WightFibre street cabinet to your premises using the very latest ‘Microduct’ technology.

Microducts are just 7mm thick and very tough. Being so thin, means it can be laid very quickly and easily with only the smallest of trenches needed. If you are in an area where our original Coaxial Hybrid was available, then the microducts are laid through the old four-inch pipes meaning that no digging is necessary.

The fibre cable itself is literally ‘blown’ through the microduct using special equipment called a ‘fibre blower’. The way the fibre blower works is to compress air into an airbox and then use a pusher to feed the fibre through the blower head and into the microduct. The force of the air blowing past the fibre within the duct creates a friction free layer of viscous air around the fibre so that it can be pushed over hundreds of meters or even around fairly sharp bends in the microducts.

As a result, only small teams are needed to lay large parts of the network, especially the last few yards to your premises, normally with minimised need for digging and no large trenches required.

WightFibre Home WiFi White Paper

This White Paper describes WightFibre’s Home WiFi service powered by Plume.

Firstly, lets make sure that we know the difference between WiFi and Broadband. Most Internet Service Providers (ISPs) provide a box that does both functions in the form of a “router”, so this can confuse things. Broadband is what connects the router to the Internet. WiFi is what connects your devices around the house to the router and which then routes to the Internet (in your home).

WightFibre’s “Whole Home WiFi” powered by Plume is the solution that brings you a WiFi solution throughout your whole home to match the Ultrafast speeds you get with a WightFibre broadband connection. It’s one thing getting fast broadband to your door, but how do you get the best performance all around your house? This White Paper focuses on the WiFi part of the journey.

WightFibre’s Network Technology vs the Competition

This White Paper explores the alternatives to the approaches taken in the WightFibre Point to Point Network with Resilient Ring Topology and shows comprehensively why the WightFibre network is better.

IPv6 in the WightFibre Network

This White Paper serves as a primer on IPv6 for readers already familiar with IPv4.

IPv6 is the most recent version of the Internet Protocol and supersedes IPv4. The main reason that IPv6 was developed was because of the explosion of Internet usage following the invention of the World Wide Web in the 1990’s, which meant that it was forecast that the IPv4 Internet addresses would soon run out.