How fast is full-fibre?How fast is full-fibre?
Currently, the UK government defines superfast broadband as having speeds greater than 30 megabits per second (Mbps). Megabits per second is the standard measurement of internet speed.
Ultrafast is defined as a speed greater than 100Mbps.
A connection using both fibre and copper (FTTC) can usually reach speeds of about 66Mbps.
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But a full-fibre connection (FTTP) - with no copper - can offer much faster average speeds of one gigabit per second (Gbps) - that's 1,000Mbps.
Full-fibre can also deliver very low latency: that means less delay between sending a request and getting a response.
That is not just important for video gamers. Low latency connections promise new opportunities for remote work, especially in fast-paced industries that cannot afford delays.
There are other types of very fast connection as well. Virgin Media uses a different type of cable for the last section that comes into your house, which in theory can offer speeds of up to 10Gbps.
There is also a service called G.fast, which uses a special pod to boost the speed of the standard copper cable connection.