How Does Fibre Broadband Work?

Jul 13, 2020
Broadband
By Staff writer

 

Everyone knows that fibre broadband gives you superfast internet speeds and enough bandwidth to comfortably host your own LAN party.

Fibre broadband is available to 75 per cent of New Zealand consumers but as of May 2018, only 33 per cent of people have adopted fibre broadband. 

Want to know if you can get fibre broadband? Use our Fibre Broadband Checker Tool and find the best fibre broadband plans available in your area.

We’ve discussed ADSL vs. VDSL before but fibre is a completely different entity all together.

The key difference between fibre and other broadband types such as ADSL and VDSL is the type of cable used for transmitting data.

Whereas ADSL and VDSL use copper lines, fibre broadband uses fibre lines, which makes a huge difference. 

How does fibre broadband work?

Fibre broadband is all about the cables. Standard broadband such as ADSL and VDSL uses copper lines to transmit data.

Copper cabling has been used for over 100 years and was originally designed for the telephone due to its ability to seamlessly transmit voice signal.

However, as demand for faster broadband services grew, new technology was required. This is where the Fibre optic cable comes in. 

 

Fibre broadband is delivered through tubes that have very fine strands of cabling inside of them.

The data is transferred through the transparent material made up of plastic or glass and has the capability of sending data very close to the speed of light, which is why fibre broadband is able to achieve ultra-fast speeds. 

Why should I get fibre internet for my home and workplace?

As more aspects of our lives involve digital communication, the need for faster and stable internet speeds will continue to grow.

Furthermore, the way in which we consume media has changed drastically over the last few years.

The streaming of music, TV shows, and movies are now the norm for many of us, with traditional forms of media consumption taking a backseat. 

The modern workplace has also developed to become more technologically reliant. Office environments are now filled with physical hardware such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

Many day-to-day activities are completed using online tools and cloud services such as DropBox, Google Apps suite and OneDrive.

These software services allow for greater collaboration, organisation, increased productivity and access to the latest technology. 

For a business to be able to take full advantage of all available platforms, they need to have the physical hardware and sufficient internet and bandwidth capabilities, making fibre broadband an essential part of business operations.

The ultra-fast speeds and increased bandwidth alone should be enough of a reason to make the switch. 

Can I get fibre broadband in my area?

Find out if you can get fibre broadband in your location with our Fibre Broadband Checker.

Simply enter your address and we’ll let you know right away if you have access to fibre broadband.

Furthermore, regardless of whether or not you already have fibre, we’ll present you with the best broadband plans available in your area. It’s all free to use and no obligation is required, so try it today!

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