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Fibre optic

Fibre optic broadband is simply delivered down fibre optic cables, it allows data to be transferred at a much faster rate than copper cables. With Fibre Optic broadband you can expect to see speeds between 20 Mbps to 1 Gbps depending on provider and contract.


A whole lot of acronyms all to explain how the fibre optic broadband gets to you.

FTTC – Fibre to the Cabinet – Fibre optic cables run to the closest cabinet to you, you are then connected to the cabinet using copper cable. This is the most common way fibre is delivered around the UK and what you find in many homes.

FTTP – Fibre to the Premises – Fibre optic cables run directly to your network, this allows for much faster speeds.

You may also see FTTH – Fibre to the Home, and FTTB – Fibre to the Business – These are both the same as FTTP


ADSL – Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line –  Delivered through the same copper wire line that connects your phone. With ADSL broadband you can expect to see speeds between 1 Mbps to 20 Mbps depending on your location.

Download / Upload Speed

We measure broadband speed in download and upload speed. The download is the speed the internet can view a webpage, download a document or view a video over the internet, Upload is the speed the internet can upload files, send the request to view webpages.


Cloud is a software, storage or service stored or run from a server stored in a datacenter. You access it over the internet. Cloud services are great, they allow you to run software or store files you can access from anywhere with an internet connection without the burden of updating, maintaining or paying for hardware.


Internet filtering allows you to do just that, filter what your users can see on the internet. Keep users on track with what they are meant to be and protect them from content and webpages they shouldn’t. Filtering also logs what each user has visited, if you need to you can view these logs at any time.


Often offered with internet packages, is hosting. Hosting is where your website and possibly emails are stored on the internet allowing other users to find it.


Virtual Private Network – VPN’s allow you to securely connect to your local network from anywhere on the internet. This can allow you to access files stored on your server, print to any local printer and use software from the server.


Sip – Session Initiation Protocol – SIP is simply a telephone line over the internet. The greatest benefit is the cost, with no large monthly line rental and vastly cheaper call costs the savings can be huge. With other benefits of scalability- being able to go from 6 telephone lines to 10 at the click of a button, and, accessibility – move your phone lines to anywhere on the internet with minimal or no configuration changes.


We hope this has made things a little clearer, we know how complex it can be if there is anything else we can do to help one of our team are always on hand to answer any questions.

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