Less than twenty percent of Britons understand full fibre

Recent research carried out by 4th Utility has uncovered that less than one in five UK citizens know what the term “full fibre broadband” means.

4th Utility is a company that constructs and supplies full fibre networks to businesses and homes throughout the UK. Consumer broadband began in Britain back in the year 2000, and has advanced considerably since its inception.

Internet service providers (ISPs) have moved far beyond the initial 2-megabytes per second trial, yet there remains a great deal of confusion regarding broadband terminology.

The study by 4th Utility surveyed 2,000 people regarding their knowledge and experience of broadband, and recently published its results.

Only 16 per cent of respondents were confident in their ability to fully define full fibre internet, and just 14 per cent said they felt sure they understood what the acronym FTTP (fibre to the premises) stood for.

Fibre broadband in the UK employs fibre cables to send signals to local street cabinets. Copper cables are then used for phone systems to connect the cabinet to homes and businesses in the area.

As a result, standard fibre broadband is known as fibre to the cabinet, or FTTC for short.

Full fibre and FTTP are interchangeable terms for networks that use no copper cables, but connect to businesses and homes employing only fibre. Far faster than FTTC broadband, FTTP is also more dependable.

As part of Project Gigabyte, the government is working with multiple ISPs and broadband companies to make full fibre internet accessible to Britons, regardless of how remote the area is that they trade or reside.