Fibre vs Broadband, What’s the Difference? .

Traditional broadband is being left behind by fibre broadband. That’s why G.Network is building a brand-new full fibre broadband network to benefit Londoners today and for generations to come. But what is fibre and should you be switching to it? 

Here’s our guide to the differences between fibre and traditional broadband (and why you should be making the switch). 

What is the difference between fibre optic broadband and cable broadband? 

The main difference between fibre and cable broadband is how it gets into your home or workplace. Cable broadband uses older, copper phone line cables, whereas fibre broadband is installed with brand new fibre optic cables. These are much faster than the copper ones, carrying data over large distances at the speed of light. 

The copper cables are often be shared amongst groups of premises, causing even slower speeds when there is heavy usage involved. You don’t get that problem with our full fibre, which is installed directly into your premises. 

Do speeds differ with fibre optic and cable broadband? 

Yes, they definitely do. London’s average broadband speed according to Ofcom is 77 Mb*. We offer speeds of between 150Mb and 900Mb, depending on your requirements. That’s how much faster fibre optic broadband can be.  

Is fibre better than cable broadband? 

It really is. As well as being much faster than cable broadband, fibre is also more reliable, especially if you’re using data-hungry applications like video conferences, streaming and gaming. If you don’t want buffering and drop-outs, fibre is the only way to go.  

This is important because these days, we live our lives online. With fibre, it’s better and easier to keep in touch with family and friends, work or learn from home, start and run new businesses and enjoy ourselves. 

Are there price differences between fibre and cable broadband? 

You might expect, given the huge advantages of fibre broadband, that it’s much more expensive. But it’s very affordable. You can get full fibre broadband with G.Network for your home starting at just £22 a month, giving you a much better connection for a low price. 

What is better for me? Fibre optic broadband or cable broadband? 

You might think that only businesses or hard-core gamers need the speeds that full fibre broadband can offer. But even if you consider yourself a light user of the internet, watching catch-up TV or downloading a film can be a challenge for low broadband speeds. That means buffering and frustrations. Fibre broadband removes these hiccups, making it the best option for all users. 

How can I get fibre optic broadband? 

Check out whether we are installing full fibre broadband in your area with our Broadband Area Checker. Then you can sign up with G.Network and start the process of switching to a whole new world of full fibre broadband.