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How to get more fibre in your broadband diet

As a TrueSpeed Regional Manager, time and time again I get asked ‘what exactly is full fibre and do I really need it?” So, as we’re relying on connectivity more than ever, I’ve put together a virtual shopping list of what you need when it comes to broadband, to shed some light on your questions about if you really need full fibre.

Shopping list you ask? Well if there’s one thing we can all relate to, it’s food. So I figured let’s forget about the technical mumbo-jumbo and make things simple by talking fibre broadband diets. Et voila!

How to get more full fibre in your broadband diet

Thanks to colour–coded ‘traffic light’ labelling on food, we can easily make the best choices when it comes to our diets. But if only choosing your broadband service was as clear. As a general rule, the bigger the ‘bytes’ the better the broadband, but shop talk of full fibre, part-fibre, superfast and ultrafast services can be mind boggling and even misleading.

So what should be on your broadband shopping list to ensure your long-term digital health? Read on my friends…

1: Do I need full fibre?

No ifs, ands or buts about it, full fibre should be in the top of your list. When it comes to broadband, diet knockoffs aka part fibre systems, just won’t cut the mustard.

Full fibre is what makes all the difference whether you’re making a skype video call to family or work, uploading homework or streaming a gripping episode of a must-see drama, full fibre networks will put an end to buffering, spinning wheels and arguments over who’s hogging the WiFi. In short, full fibre is ultrafast meaning you get guaranteed speed, identical upload and download service 24-7.

2: Is all fibre good for you?

Just as we’ve come to recognise both ‘good’ and ‘bad’ fats exist, not all fibre is created equal. So I’ve broken down the good the bad and the ugly when it comes to fibre.

  • FTTP is short for Fibre to the Premises and does what is says on the tin – fibre-optic lines directly to your home, making it the fastest, reliable type of fibre on the market.

Food wise – you’re bang on the money as full fibre is the avocado of the foodie world. Full to the brim of healthy long-term goodness, it’s the best choice you can make and your wallet will be thanking you as well!

  • FTTC is only a partial fibre service. Short for Fibre to the Cabinet, the ‘last mile’ connection to your home is from the green cabinet you’ll see in lots of streets. It’s actually an old fashioned copper line, offering a less reliable service with network blips and contention and variable upload and download speeds. Even services labelled superfast rely on these slower, inferior copper lines. Looks good on the tin, but doesn’t always deliver what’s promised.

Food wise, no judgement but you’ve just ploughed a big old kebab…yeah on the outside it looks great, but after that one initial hit, long term it’s done nothing for you but drain your purse strings, delivered hit and miss results and left you with some pretty savage cravings down the line.

3: Different flavours of full fibre?

It’s all about the best value for money so make sure you don’t get short changed. It’s in your best interest to have your own dedicated fibre-optic cable to provide a supremely reliable, high–performance, contention-free connection – aka full fibre!

I won’t beat around the bush, some providers effectively ‘split’ the optical fibre coming out of your local cabinet and then share it between multiple homes. Meaning you get digital traffic jams at peak periods, slowing down of your service and a fair few family arguments. Especially when you’re trying to watch Tiger King on Netflix and all you get is that stupid buffering wheel – drives me mad!

4: Does my area have full fibre?

Many harder-to-connect homes and businesses in the South West have been left behind by national providers, but don’t worry there is hope!

  • Register your interest with smaller, privately funded full fibre broadband providers like TrueSpeed. We’re focused on bringing full fibre connectivity to historic cities and rural communities in the south west of England.
  • Check in with your current broadband provider about their full fibre plans. Don’t be afraid to question them on what kind of fibre they are providing.

Understanding more about the fibre-optic infrastructure that underpins the internet is key to keeping in the peak of digital health. So if you have any questions about broadband or the service TrueSpeed provides, just drop me a line on 07951 214293 or ping me an email at william@truespeed.com and I’ll be happy to help.

But meantime, did someone mention blueberry muffins? Yeah go on then, don’t mind if I do.

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