How fast is superfast fibre broadband?
The exact superfast broadband speeds available to you will depend on where you live or work and how it is connected. Superfast fibre broadband, as deployed by BT, can currently be delivered in two ways:
Fibre to the cabinet (FTTC)
The fibre optic cabling runs from, or through, the telephone exchange to a local cabinet (the green boxes which you may have noticed by the side of the road). Copper wires are then used to run between the cabinet and your premises. This combination of fibre optic and copper can deliver speeds of up to 80Mbps for downloads.
Fibre to the premises (FTTP)
At the cutting edge of superfast broadband technology, this is when fibre optic cable runs directly from the exchange right into your premises. Fibre to premises can deliver download speeds of up to 330Mbps.
The exact speed of your superfast broadband also depends on a number of additional factors: the length of your line from the green cabinet, the line quality and the equipment and internal wiring within your premises. Superfast Leicestershire is working to ensure that everyone gets as fast a speed as possible given their geographical location.
To understand how superfast fibre broadband works please watch this video.