What is full fibre?

Broadband to the vast majority of homes involves fibre to the cabinet in your street, then copper between the last stretch from the cabinet to your house. This is called “partial fibre”. Some properties have “exchange only” lines, meaning copper runs all the way from the exchange to the property.

In Kinross-shire, around 1,500 properties do not have superfast broadband. i.e. their broadband is slower than 30 Megabits per second (Mbps). With many slower than 10 Mbps or 2 Mbps.

As of December 2020, only 3.9 per cent of Kinross-shire homes and businesses have full fibre, compared with a UK average of 34%.

Full fibre is when the connection from the exchange all the way to your property is fibre. This enables you to receive any speed of broadband up to 1,000 Mbps (1 Gigabits per second), and is future-proofed for and capable of much faster speeds.

For more information read our “Gigawhat?” page.