What is Fibre Broadband?

Fibre broadband is available in several different forms, but essentially it provides “Superfast” broadband that for example allows real-time streaming of HD video for catch up TV, or makes working from home much more practical.

Typical speeds of dial-up internet were 54kbps;  for current ADSL broadband at Everest Park, the speeds vary by line and supplier, but are typically between 1,024kbps to 4,096kbps.  Fibre “Superfast” broadband will raise this maximum up to around 80,000kbps if an FTTC (fibre-to-the-cabinet) solution is provided.  FTTC packages typically offer 40Mbps (cheaper) or 80Mbps (more expensive).

Maximum speeds vary by line type but FTTP (fibre-to-the-premise) is available in packages up to 330,000kbps (330Mbps), though most households would still buy a 40Mbps or 80Mbps package;  and Cable Fibre Broadband from Virgin Media has a maximum speed of 152Mbps currently, though again cheaper 50Mbps and 100Mbps packages are the norm.

So even the slowest fibre broadband package which could be made available will offer 10x the current maximum anyone in Everest Park is able to receive via ADSL, and people buying a higher-speed premium package with a poor connection now, could go from say 2Mbps to 80Mbps, and 40x increase in speed!

FTTC would be simplest for Openreach to install, as they simply add a new powered fibre cabinet near the current green cabinet (PCP102) on Popley Way, and link the two together.  Essentially this provides really high speeds to the new cabinet, and then you have an xDSL copper connection using your existing telephone line from the new cabinet to your property.  But due to the shot line length, which is now only coming from the fibre cabinet over copper, not all the way from the telephone exchange in the middle of Basingstoke, this can offer “Superfast” speeds.

FTTP, which Basingstoke and Dean council have indicated may be installed, means running fibre cables through the existing ducting to every property.  Because this requires new fibre into every property taking the service, and mains powered equipment then needs to be installed where the fibre enters the property, installation is more complex – but it does offer better speeds and unlimited potential.

Cable fibre broadband from Virgin Media is not likely to be installed, as it would require new ducting to every property, and digging up the pavements and roads.  However their ducting does already run past the properties fronting Popley Way… but these residents still can’t get any service.


Superfast Fibre Broadband for Everest Park, for Basingstoke, for Hampshire