Common fibre optic myths busted

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The UK Government announce to have reached 1 milion house milestone in the quest to cover 95% of UK population with Fibre optic broadband by 2017 – but consumer uptake is still lagging behind due to wrong perception of fibre optic broadband being expensive and difficult to install, Dominic Baliszewski from says.

The rollout of fibre technology in the UK recently reached the milestone of 1 million homes and businesses, yet thousands of customers have not yet adopted the new service, missing out on the vastly superior connection speeds that fibre can provide.

Dominic Baliszewski, telecoms expert at commented, “Fibre optic broadband can make a hugely positive difference to your experience as a broadband customer, and prices have really come down in recent years. However, the wider perception of fibre broadband is still one of an expensive, niche service that only a few select communities can access. This is absolutely not the case and if customers did a simple postcode search on a comparison website, they would probably see numerous fibre optic packages available in their area.”

Below, broadbandchoices demystifies the most common fibre optic myths:

MYTH NUMBER 1: “I Can’t Afford Fibre Optic Broadband”
Just a few years ago, superfast services were hugely expensive and out of reach for the budgets of many households, but nowadays prices are much more reasonable and include landline calls within the package cost. Fibre is still a bit more expensive than its copper-wire (ADSL) counterpart, but the quality of service is so much better that many customers are left wishing they had made the switch sooner.

MYTH NUMBER 2: “Fibre Isn’t Available in My Area”
5 years ago this would have been a legitimate reason to ignore the superfast broadband revolution, but with the UK rollout of fibre connections recently hitting the 1 million milestone and fibre available in three quarters of homes, the number of ‘haves’ now outnumber the ‘have-nots.’ Thousands of homes are now being hooked up to fibre every week – if you are not sure if you can get it, simply visit an Ofcom-accredited comparison site and check your postcode to see if any packages are available.

MYTH NUMBER 3: “I Don’t Need Fibre”
If you are just using your broadband connection to browse a few websites and send a few emails every day, you are correct – you probably don’t need fibre. If, however, you are one of the majority of broadband users who now go online for all sorts of things – from online banking and social networking to video calling and TV streaming – you will almost certainly benefit from a fibre optic broadband connection. As our online activities become more sophisticated, our broadband connections need to be more robust to handle the activity without any pesky ‘buffering.’

MYTH NUMBER 4: “Fibre is Too Difficult to Install”
Some households think that because fibre optic is a new technology, it will require lots of engineers coming over to dig up their pavement and drill holes into their walls. Thankfully, this is not the case at all. Anyone switching from standard ADSL to a fibre optic deal will in some cases (but not all) need an engineer visit – other than that, they will just be able to plug it in and go.


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