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What is fibre broadband?

Broadband plays a big part in connecting people all over the world.Before this rollout, the most traditional way of getting broadband around Ireland was through copper cables. Copper cables have a slow data transmission rate, bringing with it slow broadband speeds.

Fibre broadband is a type of high-speed broadband connection that uses fibre optic cables to deliver data right to your homes and businesses. 

Fibre optic cables are superior at transferring data to standard copper cables or wireless services. It has less interference, keeps the signal strength over much greater distances and operates at a higher frequency rate, making it the most reliable and future-proofed connectivity technology in the world today. 

People use data in different ways. When we say data we mean downloading large files, streaming your favourite films in ultra-high definition, online gaming and backing up your work and personal databases on the cloud – things that we all do on a daily basis.

What are fibre broadband’s key uses and benefits?
  • Until the rollout of National Broadband Plan our best internet option was the sometimes-fast, but usually-slow cable connection most of us know. Like our city motorways at rush hour, it gets jammed during peak traffic hours. It simply can’t keep up with our internet needs. 
So, what are some of the advantages of fibre broadband?

With speeds of 2Gb and with a minimum speed of 500Mb, our network is a world away from the speeds we’ve been used to in the past.

Economic benefits
  • With more and more of us working from home these days and more companies committed to implementing hybrid working models over the next 2-3 years, fast internet is vital.  Fast Internet has huge economic advantages for Ireland due to the business opportunities it will bring in rural areas that were previously cut off from the rest of the world. Because there’s no worry of overloading the system, high-speed fibre broadband makes it easier to share files and work from home. 
  • It will enable growth in the SME sector through digital transformation giving improved access to international markets and digital commerce.
  • A reliable, high-speed broadband connection has never been so important for Ireland’s farming community, with the agricultural sector’s accelerated adoption of technological advances. Not only are essential business operations increasingly moving online, but farmers are utilising new technologies such as smart-farming devices to maximise production and realise significant efficiencies.  The Covid-19 pandemic also gave rise to the growing trend of virtual mart auctions, allowing farmers to trade livestock effectively online. Advanced technology achieves cost savings, reduces administration and helps access information to improve livestock management; making reliable, high-speed broadband essential to their future.
  • It will boost tourism with international marketing for reliable online bookings/payments and provision of quality high speed Wi-Fi access for customers
  • The National Broadband Plan (NBP) also has a positive effect on the environment, with a reduction in carbon emissions from commuters who previously had to travel long distances to get to work. 
Improved in-home entertainment, including media streaming

It’s happened to all of us. You’re watching a film with the kids and the characters’ faces get blocky and they freeze mid scene. Your cable connection should be fast enough to stream video without interruption, but peak traffic overloads the wires. This is where fibre optic Internet comes in. Fibre optics can handle more users and more data at consistently higher speeds. 

Similarly, for older or the big kids in the house, fibre broadband is the last man standing when it comes to gaming connections. Gaming doesn’t use a huge amount of bandwidth but if the game freezes for even a moment can mean certain death for your game character. Fibre broadband provides a smooth and constant flow of data so whatever move you make in the game, good or bad, it’s the one you intended.

Improved educational opportunities

With a lesson plan that integrates technology, teachers can open up their classrooms to a wealth of knowledge and educational resources, but they can’t do it without high-speed Internet. 

During Covid-19, the internet was vital to students getting any education. Class websites give students the ability to download assignments, study materials and watch supplemental videos and hold virtual classes.

E-learning is a convenient and often more economically friendly way for some students to study, especially those who live in remote areas. Fast Internet provides working professionals with the opportunity to gain training, certifications, and valuable career-enhancing skills on a schedule that suits them.

Just how fast is fibre broadband?

The NBI™ network is being delivered over the very latest fibre broadband technology, meaning every line is future proofed to deliver up to 10Gb speeds directly into your home or business. With speeds of 2Gb and with a minimum speed of 500Mb, our network will be ready to grow as fast as your data needs do.

Do I really need fibre broadband?

Gone are the days of the household computer for the whole family to take turns on. We now have multiple devices in our homes, from laptops to PCs to tablets, phones, smart speakers, thermostats or security systems. As our internet use increases, our need for reliable and fast data transmission does too. Fibre broadband fits this need. The steady signal with less signal loss and 10 times more bandwidth means we can connect with multiple tablets, laptops and several phones at once. Even with different people streaming music and video simultaneously, fibre optics can handle it all seamlessly.

How does fibre broadband work?

Fibre broadband uses a network of fibre optic cables to deliver high-speed data over long distances. The data travels down the cables at the speed of light right into your home or business. Fibre optic cables are stronger than standard copper phone lines. This makes them more resistant to electrical interference and cold weather – conditions that can make your broadband connection worse. Unlike standard broadband, which relies on older copper based network technologies, our fibre broadband network consists of a full fibre solution that supplies right to your door.

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