Fibre broadband is the future of broadband
Fibre broadband can deliver significantly faster download broadband speeds than conventional broadband (ADSL and ADSL2+) services. Currently, FTTC services offer download speeds up to 76 Mbps while FTTP services offer download speeds up to 330 Mbps.
A critical issue with fibre broadband is availability, although this is increasing steadily. By September 2013, BT’s fibre broadband network could be accessed by about 17 million homes and businesses in the UK.
While FTTC currently accounts for the vast majority of fibre broadband connections, FTTP take-up will increase with the increasing availability of FTTP on Demand product (which launched in Early Market Deployment form in April 2013 at a limited number of exchanges). Eventually, this will be available in all areas where FTTC is available.
Conventional ADSL broadband uses copper cables all the way from the exchange, Conventional broadband services were launched in 2000, and currently serve the vast majority of households in the UK, using ADSL and (more modern) ADSL2+ technologies. Conventional broadband is carried along copper cables all the way from your exchange to a local (green) street cabinet and then to your premises.