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Freedom Fibre FAQs: What is Full-Fibre?

Whilst nearly 48% of UK households can now access full-fibre broadband* there may still be many people wondering, ‘what on earth is full-fibre?’

In a recent interview, Freedom Fibre’s CEO, Neil McArthur, sat down to answer a number of questions that persist around the full-fibre network roll-out in a series we’ve titled; Freedom Fibre FAQs.

Full-fibre broadband is a network that uses end to end fibre optic cables to deliver lightning-fast internet to homes and businesses. Where previous technologies utilised copper wires, full-fibre replaces the copper completely, ultimately reducing the instances of signal degradation and boosting network reliability.

The fibre optic cables in full-fibre networks use pulses of light to deliver data as opposed to copper cables which use electrical signals. Subsequently full-fibre broadband has multiple benefits, including ;

  • Increased speeds: by using pulses of light data is transmitted at lightspeed, providing you with internet speeds of up to 1000MB/s.

  • Increased reliability: the fibre optic cables are less likely to be impacted by external influence and maintains the signal strength even over long distances.

  • Better for the environment: among other environmental benefits, full-fibre broadband uses 70% less energy than copper networks to transmit the same amount of data.**

  • Better for the economy: full-fibre networks have the ability to boost UK productivity by £72 billion by 2030**

If you’re interested in connecting your home or business to the UK’s fastest and most reliable technology, you can register your interest at

*Ofcom, Millions more homes benefiting from better broadband, May 2023

**Cebr, 2023 report


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