News

30th October

Dear customer,

We will shortly be starting a major network upgrade in our core and backbone infrastructure. These works will commence on October 30th and will be completed by the end of January 2019.

Due to this upgrade, a small number of service affecting planned works will take place during this period. As usual, we will notify in advance any planned and scheduled works.

The scheduled maintenance details for 30th October are as follows:

Work Planned: Core Switch Migration
Planned date: 30 / 10 / 2018
Start time: 01:00 am
End time: 06:00 am

The following services will be affected:

  • Residential and Business FTTH Internet Service
  • IP Access and IP Transit Services

*Please note that since this is a major network layer component replacement, it will also affect protected services.

Effects: Several sub-minute service interruptions and up to two sub hour interruptions during the scheduled window.

Our network operations engineers closely monitor the work and will do everything possible to minimize any inconvenience to you. If you have any problems with your connection after this time, or if you have any questions regarding the maintenance at any point, please contact Technical Support.

GibFibreSpeed Sponsors Lynx FC

Gibfibrespeed is proud to announce a sponsorship deal with Lynx FC in the forthcoming 2016/17 season.

Partnership

This partnership further enhances our Corporate Social Responsibility as we look to support one of Gibraltar's leading football clubs in their quest to succeed in the upcoming Premier season.

The people's club

We feel Lynx FC is the people's club of Gibraltar as they offer Gibraltarians of all ages the opportunity to participate in football and events for youngsters, to promote participation in football and physical activity where the whole family are invited.

Target

We are proud to form part of this project and look to the prosperity of Lynx FC as they aim high this season with European qualification a top target.

Support

Our sponsorship will aid player training, youth and community development through the Lynx FC community programme and provide essential funds for the club. Supporting the team development is important from both a sporting and community perspective. Our aim is to help the club generate opportunities for Gibraltarian youngsters to participate in sports and gain valuable skills which will aid them in their future sporting careers and help them grow as responsible adults.

Summer Jobs Programme

GibFibreSpeed summer jobs programme offers opportunities to local students to develop skills and further careers

Summer Job Vacancies

GibFibreSpeed recently raised a number of vacancies for students locally to undertake internships with this exciting organisation. We endeavour to help our local community develop both socially and at a future skill development level. The picture shows our Summer Jobs interns at the shop entrance in Waterport Terraces. In total 8 students have been employed under the summer programme. The essence of the job entails general publicity for GibFibreSpeed including; Flyers in numerous estates, Door to door sales and event days.

Opportunities for local Community

We feel it is part of our Corporate Social Responsibility to give back to our community and provide opportunities to local students. The programme will last for two months and offer plenty of opportunities for these students to gain valuable experience with a range of new skills. This underlines our objective to revolutionise Gibraltar’s broadband offering, providing jobs for the local community and enhancing skills for their future employment.

Upcoming Events

You may find a GibFibreSpeed intern around your area over this period, keep an eye out. Also, save the dates of our event days from 15th August to 26th August. More info coming soon with plenty of prizes to be won.

Join the FibreSpeed Revolution

Join the FibreSpeed Revolution

  • Superfast Fibre Broadband
  • Choose the right package for you
  • Over 300 Digital TV Channels
  • Choose the right package for you
  • The most competitive prices on the rock!
  • All your favourite sports and movie channels

IPTV Features:

  • Catch up TV on 20 Channels
  • Live pause and rewind
  • Electronic Programme Guide
  • Recording on all channels
  • 93 Channels

Pricing for Broadband & TV Packages (per month)

Broadband Speed Basic TV Platinum TV / IPTV Installation Fee
20Mbps £15.00 £25.00 Free
100Mbps £30.00 £35.00 Free
300Mbps £50.00 £55.00 Free

When you subscribe to Platinum you get a second Platinum card free (Buy 1 get 1 Free).

IPTV box carries a one-off £73 charge. Please call our offices for a demo.

How can you sign up to GibFibreSpeed?

  • You can sign up online by following this link: www.gibfibrespeed.com/register
  • Alternatively, you can sign up at the GibFibreSpeed store located at Unit 5, Waterport Terraces, North Mole Road, Gibraltar (Tel +350 20065155). Opening Hours 9am-5pm (July & August 8am-4pm).

What is the installation procedure?

  • Customer Services will contact you for an appointment.
  • The installation team install a fibre optic cable into your property and connect the home router.
  • From the home router, we connect the TV coaxial cable to your main TV input. With our TV offering, there is no need change the current infrastructure in your home.
  • We install your router where you want it*

GibFibreSpeed contact details

*Restrictions apply

ISPreview on GibFibreSpeed 20/04/16

Beach View Terraces & Mons Calpe Mews

If you’re a new homeowner at Beach View Terraces and Mons Calpe Mews you’ve just got your keys and will be contacting plumbers, carpenters and other professionals to make your dream home a reality. But have you thought about your Internet and TV provider? 

Power To Create

At GibFibreSpeed we believe in giving you the power to create. Now offering Broadband and TV packages, customise and select your perfect package – to sign up online: GibFibreSpeed - Sign up Online

Free Installation

No need to lay any cabling around your home if you wish to watch TV in multiple rooms – saving you additional costs! No deposit charged on your internet connection and we install your router wherever you want in your house free of charge.

TV Via Fibre

Over 300 TV channels coming into your home via fibre will not be subject to loss of signal when there is bad weather or electrical problems on external amplifiers. All your favourite Sports & Movies.

IPTV

Includes personal recording on ALL channels, plus catch-up on 20 of your favourite channels up to two weeks, Electronic Programme Guide and time shift functionality, with live pause and rewind.

Read more: Your Gibraltar TV *Beach View Terraces and Mons Calpe Mews – GibFibreSpeed Advertorial*

 

GibFibreSpeed Competition

Join GibFibreSpeed in August as we hold a competition to win a number of great prizes. We will be located at a number of locations where you can sign up to be in with a chance to win.

The three prizes are as follows:

1st Prize – IPAD Air 2

2nd Prize – 1 Year 100Mbps subscription

3rd Prize – IPTV box

To enter our prize draw, all you have to do is fill out a Competition form on the GibFibreSpeed website: gibfibrespeed.com/competition

You can also enter the competition at the following locations, on the specified dates:

Harbour Views – 15th & 16th August

ICC – 15th – 18th August

Glacis – 18th & 19th August

Mid Harbours – 18th & 19th August

Piazza – 17th August

Morrisons – 22th – 26th August


Try GibFibreSpeed !

The GibFibreSpeed team at the 'Try GibFibreSpeed !' event
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4K TV Ultra HD streaming off Youtube

Fibre To The Home (FTTH) speed test

4 Ms Ping / 96.53 Download / 19.66 Upload

Fibre To The Building (FTTB) speed test

7 Ms Ping / 50.11 Download / 10.10 Upload

Gimme Fibre Day

People all over the world celebrate Gimme Fibre Day on 4 November!

This annual event was created by the FTTH Council Global Alliance to celebrate the only future-proof broadband access solution and showcase how fibre has positively impacted communities across the world.

Join the campaign here and be a part of the Fibre Future! 

Gimme Fibre Day: Facebook Campaign/Gimme Fibre Day: Website

Gimme Fibre Day: Twitter

FTTH Conference

3D Online Gaming

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World of Applications Dome

Inside the World of Applications Dome

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BROADBAND SERVICES ON THE ROCK NOW BETTER AND CHEAPER

Gibraltar’s offering in terms of broadband services has improved dramatically over the past years. Speaking to GBC, GibFibreSpeed said services are now not only better but cheaper.

GibFibreSpeed GBC Commercial

GibFibreSpeed's GBC Commercial: 

GibFibreSpeed Commercial

Check out our GibFibreSpeed Commercial for TV Advertising:

4K Ultra HD TV Streaming using Fibre To The Home

4K Ultra HD TV streaming off Youtube using Fibre To The Home:

FTTH vs FTTN vs ADSL

Comparison between Fibre To The Home (FTTH) - Fibre To The Node (FTTN) & ADSL broadband technologies:

Creating a brighter future

Fibre To The Home Council Europe - Creating a brighter future:

What is FTTH - A simple introduction

Fibre To The Home Council Europe - introduction to FTTH:

Why choose GibFibreSpeed?

Why choose GibFibreSpeed Internet & TV

Gibsat in conjunction with GibFibreSpeed are now offering an upgraded Fibre TV service.

Investment in the latest technologies allow Gibsat to deliver high quality TV channels via 100% fibre, offering Gibsat customers a comprehensive “All in One” service.

Simplicity

There is no need to lay new cabling to each TV point nor purchase any new TV boxes for your televisions, keep your existing TV & Remote control.

Value

Save money when upgrading to GibFibreSpeed. No need for extra messy cables to each television, keep everything the way you are used to.

GibFibreSpeed also offer IPTV with catch up TV, recording and all the latest features should you want them. The IPTV feature is an optional extra to Fibre TV but the TV content is provided by Gibsat so you get all the channels you are familiar with.

200 Fibre TV channels and ultrafast fibre internet starts from just £15per month! 

Speed 

Start to finish 100% fibre optic network gives your internet connection Ultrafast Speed and Reliability.

With speeds from 20Mb to 300Mb you can download and stream anything you want. Fibre is future proof technology and we can simply increase our speeds by flipping a switch in our headend offices. Therefore, we can cater for any future demands of the internet, our network is capable of handling 10Gbps of internet speeds.

When the upgrade reaches your area there will be minimal works to be carried out in your home. You will be able to keep your current set up and benefit from Fibre TV, Ultrafast internet and telephone line services with free calls to other GibFibreSpeed clients. 

About Fibre Broadband

Fibre Broadband

Fibre Optics is the fastest!

Fibre To The Home (FTTH) is much, much faster and far more reliable than the outdated DSL broadband technologies (ADSL/VDSL) – the faster your broadband the more you will be able to do online.

Unlike broadband down your telephone line, the signal over fibre does not lose strength the further away you are from the telephone exchange or street cabinet. Fibre can go up to 20km before your broadband connection begins to lose strength. Therefore, fibre access gives customers the bandwidth they are paying for as there is minimal or no degradation along their broadband connection.

Fibre access networks have lower latency, which means no noticeable delay in exchanging information. This is important for applications that depend on real-time communication and high-resolution images such as video calling and online gaming. 

A whole range of benefits from Fibre

You can download HD movies in minutes, stream High Definition content with no lagging, enjoy smooth video calling; all with multiple users connected in your home at the same time.

Online gamers prefer FTTH because it gives them unique advantages – lower latency and much faster upload speeds. They can see the effect of pulling the trigger about a third of a second sooner than their online competitors using VDSL connections. As more people join in, the requirements increase: multiplayer games need higher network bandwidth to accommodate as many players as possible at any one time.  

FTTH is future proof technology, in order to increase your bandwidth requirements all we need to do is change lasers in our central office. Soon headline speeds of 500Mbps/1Gbps/2Gbps download & upload speeds will be common place, this can only be achieved through FTTH. We are still to discover all the applications superfast broadband can bring, imagine what the future may be like... 

FTTH for Reliability

The spinning circle on the computer screen has become synonymous with a slow or broken Internet connection. Everyone is aware that broadband over telephone cables (ADSL/VDSL) can be unreliable. And everyone knows that once a fault is experienced, it can be difficult and time-consuming to find the source of the problem.  

FTTH is different. The rare problems in an all-fibre network are easily detected with equipment that can pinpoint the cause and even the location of the fault remotely, sometimes even before a customer knows there was a problem and usually without the need to send out a technician. Fibre networks are robust and immune to electrical interference - there’s less to go wrong in the first place.

The different types of Fibre broadband technologies

There are multiple types of fibre broadband technologies, the following demonstration shows how much fibre is involved in each kind 

What is FTTH?

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Fibre To The home (FTTH) is a broadband solution which uses a fibre optic cable all the way into the client premises.  This means, a fibre optic cable runs from our central office and terminates in your home. With FTTH your full broadband line is supplied by fibre optic cabling. 

What is FTTB?

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Fibre To The Building (FTTB) is a broadband technology where the fibre cable goes from our central office directly to the building that you live in. The rest of the distance is covered using a TV coaxial cable. Normally, there will be no more than 50metres of TV coaxial cable in your connection.

What is FTTC?

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Fibre To The Cabinet (FTTC) involves running a fibre optic cable from the telephone exchange down to a street cabinet which then connects to a telephone copper wire to provide your phone line and broadband. This is VDSL broadband technology. The distance of copper wires can run as far as 300-500metres.

What is FTTN?

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Fibre To The Node (FTTN) uses fibre optic cable up to a node or street cabinet, at this point (in the node or cabinet) the fibre cable terminates, and the remainder of the distance is covered via copper telephone wires. FTTN broadband networks can have large distances of copper telephone wires to supply their clients with internet, these distances can reach up to 500m.

Your signal strength quickly begins to lose strength over copper wires and therefore over these distances the actual speeds you are paying for will never be achieved. The following table (reference to  Fibre Broadband Guide) illustrates the percentage of signal loss/degradation over distance when you have an FTTN broadband connection.

Distance to cabinet / node (metres)

Download Speed

Upload Speed

% speeds degradation at this distance 

100m

100 Mbps

25 Mbps

5%

150m

80 Mbps

20 Mbps

10%

200m

65 Mbps

18 Mbps

20%

300m

45 Mbps

17 Mbps

30%

400m

42 Mbps

16 Mbps

45%

500m

38 Mbps

15 Mbps

60%

600m

35 Mbps

14 Mbps

70%

700m

32 Mbps

11 Mbps

75%

800m

28 Mbps

10 Mbps

80%

900m

25 Mbps

9 Mbps

85%

1000m

24 Mbps

8 Mbps

90%

1250m

17 Mbps

5 Mbps

95%

1500m

15 Mbps

4 Mbps

98%

This table shows the degradation of your broadband connection depending upon how much copper telephone wire is involved down your line.  Very high degradation rates (45/60%) are shown when having an FTTN broadband connection at 400/500m. This means, you will actually only be achieving 55% or 40% of the advertised broadband speeds you are paying for. Therefore, if you have a 20Mbps broadband package and you’re broadband line has 500m of copper telephone wires, you will only actually be achieving 8Mbps download speeds. This is why it is important to have as little copper telephone wire down your broadband line as possible in order to be achieving the actual speeds you are paying for. With FTTH this is not the case, because with a fibre optic cable supplying your broadband connection the signal does not degrade up to 20km from the central office. The following video illustrates the differences between the broadband technologies Fibre To The Home (FTTH), Fibre To The Node (FTTN) & ADSL:

* All facts and figures are based on information gathered from:  FTTH in your Community/FTTH Speed Tool

Download and Upload Speeds

Why does speed matter?

Whether you’re surfing the net on social media, video calling on skype, playing online games, streaming HD movies and TV shows , or having business video conferences, all online activity uses a portion of bandwidth data. Broadband speed is the time it takes to send this data to and from your computer and is measured in megabits per second (Mbps).

Fast connections allow you to browse online, download songs in seconds and generally do whatever you want without waiting around. Slow internet connections on the other hand, can lead to lengthy downloads, buffering (the spinning circle during video and TV play) and general frustration as you wait impatiently for your broadband to catch up.

Speeds - Megabits and Megabytes

Broadband speed is measured in download speed (the rate at which information is received) and upload speed (the rate at which information is sent) on your broadband line. Speed is measured in ‘Mbps’. Capacity or usage is measured in ‘MB’ (Megabytes).

People can get confused between megabits and megabytes. There are 8 megabits in 1 megabyte. If your download speed is eight megabits per second (8Mbps), then that's actually shifting 1 megabyte per second (1MB). 

This is important to understand as file sizes such as, photos, songs, videos, movies are described in megabytes and this is also the case for download allowances. So in simple terms; megabits per second (Mbps) when talking about broadband speed, and megabytes (MB) or gigabytes (GB) for large files – when talking about file sizes or download usage allowances.

There is also kilobits ‘Kb’ and kilobytes ‘KB’ – there are 1,024KB in a MB and 1,024MB in a GB - the same goes for Kb/Mb/Gb.

Download speed

When you connect to the internet, the download speed is the rate at which data (websites, programmes, music etc) is transferred from another source to your device. 

If you are a frequent online user – you often browse social media, online gaming, multiple users /devices connected at the same time, you work from home, stream HD movies and TV shows, or you download large files (music, photos, movies), speedy downloads are essential for you. They allow you to do multiple applications all at the same time in the same home – that means your son can be playing online games whilst your daughter is video calling (skype) her friends, and you are simply browsing social networks comfortably and smoothly with a speedy fibre optic internet connection.

A slow internet download speed can become very annoying if your downloads take forever and the video clip you're trying to watch keeps buffering.

Upload speed

Upload speeds are the speeds at which data (such as uploading photos and videos on social media) is uploaded to the internet. Uploads go in the opposite direction to the download – from your computer to someone else.

Broadband upload speeds are generally much slower than download speeds. The reason for this is that people generally do far more downloading than uploading, so downloading is given priority by the internet service providers (who regulate how their networks deal with the various types of traffic). 

This is why upload speeds are also vital for online gaming as you are constantly interacting with online users back and forth sending and receiving information. Therefore, having a fast, smooth connection enables gamers to never miss out on any action or vitally important moments.

Upload speeds are more important to people who are going to be doing large amounts of uploading, such as someone who works from home and wants to exchange files with a remote network, or people who play a lot of online games - especially if they're hosting them themselves.

Distance from your telephone exchange or street cabinet, as well as other considerations such as old household wiring, can be factors in slowing down your upload speed. Therefore, Fibre To The Home is recommended if you are looking for speedy upload speeds.

Is Fibre To The Home (FTTH) any good?

Just as dial-up connections were replaced by faster ADSL, fibre optic networks have arrived making their broadband ancestors look sluggish and slow. Top speeds are getting faster and faster, as our internet appetite increases. Mobile phones, tablets, laptops, gaming consoles, video conferencing and many more applications are now more in use than ever before and increasing.

Fibre To The Home (FTTH) brings speed, and lots of it. It’s becoming one of the most important considerations when looking for the perfect broadband deal. With online activities getting more data-intensive – whether streaming HD movies, uploading on social networks, playing online games, video conferencing at work or increasing your business productivity – broadband speed is more important than ever.

Fibre Optic Broadband: 
Bigger, Better, Faster - in both directions

Online content is a very different thing from just ten years ago. Downloads can be much larger due to the increase in speed, images and videos can be of much higher quality and a whole range of activities and applications have evolved in this digital age we live in. 

Faster downloads also mean, less time waiting for files to transfer, no more frustrating buffering when streaming videos and near instant page loading while simply web browsing or using your favourite social network. Gamers should experience less ‘lagging’ (where the game stutters or becomes temporarily out of sync with other players’ screens) so they’re not likely to miss game-changing moments and, importantly, these benefits can be experienced by several users in the same household connected at the same time. 

But it’s not just faster downloads you get with FTTH – your upload speeds will be quicker too. This is particularly important if you’re doing anything that requires you to send, not just receive data. If you’re frequently uploading videos or pictures to sites like Facebook, YouTube or Twitter. Similarly, peer-to-peer file sharing is much quicker when you’ve got a strong upload rate to compliment your downloads. Upload speed also matters if you make video calls as this allows for a smooth picture throughout your conversation with your friends or loved ones. 

Great Video Calls

If you’ve been a long-term user of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services such as Skype to video-call friends and family, you’ll know how the experience can often be interrupted by jumpy and pixelated connection, especially on slower ADSL/VDSL broadband connections. 

This can be very frustrating, however, with the increased speed of fibre optic technology video data is sent and received more quickly to create a closer to real-time experience. If one user has a particularly slow broadband connection, the other will only see the best frame rate that can be sent to them. Therefore, both internet connections will need to be fast and reliable (both speedy download and upload speeds). 

Reliable

The spinning circle on the computer screen has become synonymous with a slow or broken internet connection with ADSL users. Everyone is aware that broadband over telephone lines can be unreliable. And everyone knows that once a fault is experienced, it can be difficult and time-consuming to find the source of the problem. 

Fibre is different. The rare problems in an all-fibre network are easily detected with equipment that can pinpoint the cause and even the location of the fault remotely, sometimes even before the customer knows there was a problem and usually without the need to send out a technician. There’s less to go wrong with the network in the first place – most fibre access networks require no or only few electrical components between the central communications office and the end user. 

Increase Business Productivity

Businesses nowadays are increasingly turning online to operate, therefore, slow speeds means it takes longer to get tasks done, and time is money. 

Many businesses in Gibraltar operate internationally with clients all round the world, video conferencing or online web meetings are becoming far more common. Interruptions, poor quality and buffering all slow down our ability to do business with international clients or even locally. 

Having a superfast fibre optic broadband connection will allow your business to complete tasks at high speeds with no hindrance or nuisance of having to wait for the internet to buffer or the un-reliability of a poor connection. 

Online Gaming

For online game users a consistent smooth, reliable and fast connection is vitally important to keep in the action and never miss a second. If a connection drops or ‘breaks’ and the game begins to buffer, gamers can miss out on that all important moment and even be cut off from the action. Having an FTTH broadband connection allows for online gamers to participate as much as they like for as long as they want no matter the intensity of their games involvement. There’s more to online gaming than just speed, however. 

Online gamers also need to consider ‘ping’ and ‘latency’, which measures how quickly a host IP address can be reached and how fast data is returned, is important. Then there’s ‘jitter’, which tracks the difference between ping tests (consistency is good). Finally there’s 'packet loss', which, as the name suggests, is a measure of information lost during transfer. With fibre optic technology gamers have the pleasure of experiencing a smooth, fast and reliable connection when gaming.

Future Proof

Fibre optic broadband speeds can be increased almost without limit. This is down to its structural make-up, made from thin strands of glass (as thin as human hair), light beams are pulsed down each strand of glass sending ‘information’ (bandwidth).  Using lasers these beams of light can simply be changed at an operators central office to accommodate any increase in demand of bandwidth. The future is near, and soon 1Gbps download speeds will be common place! This will all be enabled through FTTH, there is no other broadband technology which can handle these speeds, and it is the only future proof broadband technology.

FTTH is already having an impact on how people live, work and play. How will it change your life?

* All facts and figures are based on information gathered from: FTTH in your Community/FTTH Business Guide

What is Fibre Optic Broadband?

Fibre optic broadband is all about speed – and since none of us like waiting around, that’s a good thing. 

It allows you to do everything you want online, but at impressively high speeds. This means downloads will be quicker, videos will stream more smoothly, online gamers will notice fewer glitches where poor connection causes them to temporarily drop out of the action, multiple users can browse the internet as they please, businesses will become more productive and overall users have the benefit of a far more reliable service with fibre optic broadband. 

Benefits

The most obvious benefit of upgrading to fibre optic broadband is speed – Fibre To The Home (FTTH) can be over ten time faster than the previous ADSL. Whether you’re downloading files or streaming audio or video, you will notice improvements in the speed and performance of your online activity. Using 100Mbps FTTH for example, you can download a high-quality 180MB MP3 album in around 28 seconds, compared to around 7 hours if you were still on dial-up (services still offered by some Internet Service Providers). 

For gamers, higher speeds should mean they see less ‘lag’ or ‘latency’ when playing online, meaning games are more responsive. If you’re part of a family where lots of people are online at the same time, an FTTH connection will make it less likely that you’ll notice poor connection, and slow downloading & uploading speeds when sharing your bandwidth with multiple users. 

Upload Speeds Matter

As the world uses the internet much more and for many more applications it is also important to have fast upload speeds to send information in an instant on the web.

If you make Skype video calls for example, the speed you can upload (send data) will impact on the quality of what the person at the other end sees. The data you send (and how quickly you send it) directly impacts on how many frames per second can be viewed – obviously the higher it is, the smoother the picture.  

Similarly, online gamers require constant speedy download and upload speeds for communication to be made in their virtual world. While peer-to-peer file sharing is built around the ability to both download and upload files at high speeds. 

Casual internet browsers will notice that uploading photos or videos on social networks with speedy uploads will take much less time.  

With an FTTH service you can expect much faster download & upload speeds, you are also far more likely to be achieving the advertised speeds shown by your operator.

Types of Fibre Optic Internet Technologies..

Although fibre broadband is often referred to as one type of connection, there is actually more than one type of a fixed-line fibre connection.

The first thing to know is, no matter how fast the fibre part of your connection is, it will inevitably slow down when it reaches copper telephone wires. Therefore, the less use of copper telephone lines, the better. 

Fibre To The Home (FTTH)

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The fastest broadband option is Fibre To The Home (FTTH). With FTTH, broadband is carried on a fibre optic cable from the operators central office right the way through into the client premises and connects the router. 

The entire journey of a FTTH internet connection is covered via fibre optic cabling. 

Fibre To The Building (FTTB)

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Fibre To The Building is an internet technology where fibre cable runs from the central office and ends at the bottom of your building or nearby home. The rest of the distance is covered over TV coaxial cable.

Depending on where you live will differentiate upon how far the distance between where the fibre connection ends and the rest of the distance is delivered via coax. In most cases in Gibraltar, these are very short distances with a maximum of 50m. 

Over very short distances signal strength is not affected when using TV coaxial cabling.

Fibre To The Node (FTTN)

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Fibre To The Node is an internet technology which uses the least amount of fibre optic cable to supply your broadband. This is VDSL broadband technology.

This form of broadband technology uses fibre cables up to the nearest telephone cabinet with the remainder of the distance covered via copper telephone wires. The downside of this, is that broadband speeds are negatively affected by the condition and length of this cable. The range of copper telephone wires used for this internet technology can be as much as 300m to nearly 700m. Therefore, advertised speeds of ‘up to '100Mbps / 50Mbps' are never actually achieved and can sometimes even be lower than half those advertised.  

FTTH for the Future 

Fibre-optic cable is made up of thin strands of glass. Information is carried on the glass with pulses of light, created by lasers. This is why this technology is so fast, as it travels at the speed of light. The capacity of each strand – that is, its ability to carry information (bandwidth) – can be increased to meet future needs almost without limit, simply by changing the lasers. FTTH is thus said to be ‘future proof’. It is the only broadband technology for which that claim can be made. 

Once an all fibre network (FTTH network) is installed, it may not have to be replaced for many decades. Because the glass strands are so flexible and thin (thinner than a human hair) and because they carry no electricity and are impervious to lightning and to water, they are actually far more rugged and reliable than the telephone copper wire they replace. They present no fire hazard. Glass does not corrode, either. Nothing hurts fibre except a physical cut or destruction of the building it is in. 

* All facts and figures are based on information gathered from: FTTH Speed Tool/FTTH in your Community/FTTH Business Guide