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Types of broadband technology

There are three types of technology we might use to bring broadband to your premises, using either fibre optic cables, copper wire, or a combination of both. Learn more about them right here.

diagram showing types of broadband cable

Full fibre

Full fibre refers to a broadband technology also known as Fibre to the Premises (FTTP). 

With this type of technology, fibre optic cable is used to deliver your broadband service from our network to your premises. This means you’ll receive a reliable service with minimal interruptions and faster speeds.

 

Part fibre

Part fibre refers to a broadband technology also known as Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC). It can also refer to other technologies such as Single order Generic Ethernet Access (SoGEA) and G.fast. 

With this type of technology, fibre optic cable is used to bring your broadband service to your local street cabinet . The final journey from there to your premises is delivered over a copper wire.

With part fibre, the speeds you receive may be reduced the further away your premises are from the exchange.

 

Copper

With this type of technology, copper wire is used to deliver your broadband service all the way from your local BT exchange  to your premises.

The longer the length of the copper line to your premises, the more your speeds may be reduced. 

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