Posts Tagged ‘fibre optic’

Fibre Optic / Fiber Optic

November 28, 2007

Fibre optic cable is made of very thin strands or threads of glass or plastic that can carry large amounts of digital information for long distances, using light.  They can carry much more data at one time than traditional copper wires.

Fibre optic cable is used to carry signals for broadband, TV and voice.

Fibre optic cables are reliable as they don’t suffer from electromagnetic interference, but they are expensive to install.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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Next generation access – NGA

September 28, 2007

Next generation access (NGA) broadband networks take broadband to the next level – offering much faster download speeds via increased fibre optic cabling, cable network upgrades or even copper wire upgrades.

The drawback is that for the UK to benefit from NGA broadband networks, telecoms companies will have to make massive investments in their networks, over several years. However without such developments, the UK will increasing lag behind its neighbours when it comes to broadband and online developments.

Some other countries have already made huge strides in developing NGA broadband networks, particularly using fibre optic. Some can now offer broadband speeds of 100Mb or more.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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