Register your interest in having access to ultrafast broadband (FTTP) where you live or work
What we are doing to improve broadband and mobile internet in North Lincolnshire? Register your interest in having ultrafast broadband (FTTP) in your area.
We are working with telecoms providers to bring ultrafast broadband to more areas in North Lincolnshire. Ultrafast broadband provides download speeds of up to 1Gbps (1000Mbps). It is also known as ‘full fibre’, ‘fibre to the premises’ and ‘fibre to the home’.
As we spend an increasing amount of time online for work and for recreation, the faster the broadband speed we have access to, the more efficient we become. Individuals and businesses can work and compete at a global level, families and larger households can have multiple devices online at the same time, without interruption, and communities can benefit from a better digital infrastructure, making online services easier to access.
To have the best chance of your area being upgraded, ask local businesses, friends and neighbours to register their interest too.
There will be no obligation to buy into the service when it becomes available. Telecoms providers and the Government will fund the upgrade to the network. You can then choose whether or not to purchase an ultrafast broadband contract.
Broadband is the ‘always-on’ way of connecting a computer to the internet using a copper, cable, fibre or wireless connection.
Although there is no universally accepted definition of different types of broadband, it is often defined by its download speed, ie the speed at which a device can receive information (data) from the internet. A broadband connection’s upload speed ie the rate at which data, such as your photographs or videos is sent to the internet, is also a vital component of ensuring a high-quality online experience. The speed at which data is downloaded or uploaded is measured in megabits per second often abbreviated to either Mbit/s or Mbps.
The Government and Ofcom use the following terms to define a connection’s speed:
- decent – download speeds up to 10 Mbps (upload speeds of up to 1Mbps)
- superfast – download speeds up to 30 Mbps (with upload speeds of up to 10 Mbps)
- ultrafast – download speeds of up to 300 Mbps (upload speeds between 5 Mbps – 21 Mbps according to the broadband package chosen)
- full-fibre – download speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s (with similar upload speeds).
Broadband that offers faster download than upload speeds is often referred to as an asymmetric connection. Asymmetrical connections are caused either by limitations in the capacity of the digital infrastructure or because the internet service provider (defined later) limits upload speeds.
Broadband services delivered over copper telephone lines often suffer from lower than advertised headline speeds because the signal degrades with distance. Full fibre connections, where the fibre optic cable extends all the way to the customer premises do not suffer from the same problems. Hence full fibre connections are capable of delivering very high speed, symmetric services, often of 1 Gbps (1,000 Mbps), irrespective of location, urban or rural.
Wireless broadband services come in two types – fixed and mobile. Fixed Wireless Access services connect to an antenna usually sited on the customer premises. Mobile broadband uses the mobile phone network to deliver services.
What can a family do with different download speeds at home
While a decent broadband or a 3G mobile connection will enable basic web browsing, if a family wants to enjoy increasingly high definition videos such as 4K (Ultra HD) via demand services such as Netflix or BBC iPlayer, they will need a faster connection, especially if several people in a family are using different services at the same time.
What can a business do with different download speeds
For any business, internet connectivity is essential. With superfast broadband, businesses can communicate with customers and colleagues using video conference platforms and run e-commerce operations. But the more employees a business has, the faster its connection needs to be.
Symmetric connections, where download is as fast as upload speed are especially important for businesses. With an ultrafast symmetric connection uploading files to a cloud service is as quick as storing them on a local hard disk. This is extremely useful for small businesses and home workers who are increasingly moving to cloud services for resilience, security and convenience. Fast upload speeds also facilitate video communications for both social and business interaction.
For more information about digital infrastructure in North Lincolnshire, please email email@example.com.