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What is full fibre broadband?

Full fibre broadband is the fastest kind of home broadband technology currently on sale.

Full fibre broadband is only available to around 2% of UK homes.

There are, as of 2018, few companies selling full fibre to the home. The two major ISPs are Gigaclear and Hyperoptic.

Full fibre is what it sounds like: a type of broadband connection that is fully made up of fibre-optic cables.

Unlike the older technology Fibre to the Cabinet, full fibre does not contain any slow copper wires.

Full fibre broadband is sold in a variety of speeds, from 30Mbps to 1,000Mbps (1Gbps).

It is also called ‘gigabit’ broadband, because full fibre can reach speeds of 1,000 Mbps (Megabits per second). This is equal to one gigabit per second (1Gbps).

Full fibre is also different to older technolgies on sale because the speeds it produces are ‘symmetric’.

This means upload speeds can easily match download speeds, making it incredibly useful for businesses, home workers who upload lots of data, video streamers and online gamers.

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