Roll up the copper and roll out the fibre

Using copper for telephone cables is a technology developed in the 20th century, yet will are still using it in the 21st century, despite there being a superior alternative – fibre optic! Once again I find myself pointing the finger at politicians, though only partly. I do feel that they failed to force the retirement of copper and enforce fibre optics. The UK has contributed to a large portion of the invention and development of the internet, yet we are so far behind in rolling out fibre.

Before I go any further I want to make it clear that when I say fibre, I mean complete fibre! Let me explain. There are different levels of connection of fibre to a home or business, the two ones being ‘fibre to the cabinet’ (FTTC) and ‘fibre to the premises’ (FTTP).

FTTC means that your connection is made up from fibre from your ISP to the cabinet that you see in streets. FTTP means that your connection is made up from fibre from your ISP to your home. Homes without fibre are using copper wiring that was originally designed to just carry your telephone calls. In the early days of the internet, using copper was ok but now we have fibre technology and require faster, more reliable connections we need to stop using copper and move to fibre. Moving from copper to FTTC is definitely an improvement but I think that government should have acted a long time ago to make sure the we move towards FTTP being the future. Instead we have a mixture of copper, FTTC and FTTP.

Of course there is an added cost in rolling our FTTP but most people agree that the internet is not a luxury but a vital utility in the same way that water, gas and electricity is!