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Why Fibre?

Who said you can’t speed?

People have been talking about Broadband changing the way we live, work and play for a long time. We can go online to purchase goods and services, watch movies and TV shows, download music, socialise, play games and work remotely.

This explosion in demand can cause a bottleneck in people’s Broadband services, especially when several people in the same household want to use the Internet all at the same time.

The same applies to people who run their own businesses; people who work from home; as well as those who travel to and from the office daily.

Today’s Broadband simply isn’t fast enough for any of them.

BT’s old copper Broadband simply can’t cope with the speed demand…

Fibre Optic Broadband is the Future

Fibre Optic Broadband is about everything you’ll ever need or want to do online.

One person could be watching a HD movie or TV programme, while another is engrossed in a sporting event and yet another is watching live streaming video.

You can look forward to downloading:

  • Individual music tracks in a few seconds.
  • Entire albums in less than a minute.
  • HD programmes start streaming in seconds.
  • Download feature length HD movies in 5 – 10 minutes.

Similarly, uploading will be much faster than today’s Broadband.

You’ll be able to:

  • Post video clips to social networking sites faster.
  • Immerse yourself in the reality of HD video calling with friends and family.
  • Enjoy interactive HD gaming to the full.

Is Fibre Optic That Much Faster Than ADSL or VDSL (copper)?

Yes and crucially it reaches the actual advertised speeds which ADSL or VDSL rarely do.

The problem with DSL is that the signals run over copper wire. Signals over copper degrade over distance, meaning customers suffer if they’re a long way from the BT exchange.

Fibre Broadband doesn’t suffer anywhere near as badly from signal loss, with data carried at full speed until it reaches the cabinet close to the customer’s house. It is then carried on co-axial cable into the customer’s home.

Co-axial cable barely suffers from signal loss over these short distances – so these really are “superfast” services.

What’s the Difference Between WightFibre’s and BT’s Fibre Service?

Where BT Fibre service is available, BT relies on a fibre connection to the cabinet and then VDSL signals to the home. These VDSL signals run over copper wires. Since VDSL signals degrade even more quickly than ADSL, even the short distance between cabinets and a customer’s home can cause a sharp drop-off in speed.

WightFibre thinks BT’s Infinity is an inferior product and not really fibre at all…

WightFibre uses coaxial cable for that final hop which allows us to deliver greater bandwidth, especially when video and music streaming are taken into account.

Speeds do not degrade via coaxial over the distances we have here on the Island.

Will All Exchanges Be Upgraded to Fibre Optic Eventually?

The short answer is No.

In the same way that some remote areas on the Island still haven’t been upgraded to ADSL2+, those expensive-to-reach areas will remain off limits.

Even with the Isle of Wight Council Rural Broadband Plan extending the roll-out to much of the Island, due to the distances involved, many so-called Superfast connections will not actually be Superfast at all.

For areas outside of WightFibre’s fibre network, WightFibre has deployed a high-speed wireless network which provides speeds higher than ADSL with speeds typically of between 10Mb or 30Mb.

Higher speeds are on the there way soon.

Should I Consider Changing to Fibre?

If you are already using WightFibre then your Broadband connection is already Fibre Optic.

WightFibre’s Fibre Optic Broadband is better value than BT’s ADSL (copper) Broadband. Speed and performance is also more consistent.

WightFibre doesn’t have usage limits so you are free to download as much as you want when you want and nor do we throttle throughput. (Throttling is when, other providers decide that you are using too much bandwidth, they temporarily limit the amount of data you can receive).

Does Fibre Have Any Disadvantages?

Fibre services generally perform to advertised speed although local issues such as congestion, throttling and traffic management can still apply – but not on WightFibre’s network.

We have processes in place to carefully monitor our network to anticipate and prevent future areas of congestion.

WightFibre does not apply throttling nor traffic management.

Our latest Broadband upgrade has doubled the capacity of our backhaul and plans are in place to keep this ahead of demand so that backhaul is never an issue for Island customers.

By contrast, BT is less clear about how it manages traffic. Although it lifted the “fair usage policy” that restricted the “unlimited” Infinity Option 2 package to 300GB per month, the company still admits to slowing down P2P traffic between 4pm and midnight during the week, with morning restrictions in place at weekends.

BT claims the restrictions are necessary to ensure a decent service for all subscribers, and to thwart bandwidth hogs, but such issues don’t arise on WightFibre.

We never restrict you.

How Much Faster Can WightFibre’s Fibre Optic Connections Go In the Future?

With top-line speeds key to attracting new customers, it is very tempting for WightFibre to boost our speeds. Our latest Broadband upgrade and new routers will support speeds of 152Mb, with the future being 200Mb and beyond.

For business, like FTTH using FTTP (Fibre to the Premise) much faster speeds can be delivered. This involves laying Fibre Optic cable right into the office.

This technology has previously been the domain of larger businesses. WightFibre is already delivering speeds of 1Gb to many organisations on the Island and transforming how they operate with data.

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