Most homes and businesses in Leicestershire can now access superfast broadband through a mix of commercial delivery and the Superfast Leicestershire project. You can find out more about Superfast Leicestershire in our About Us section.
The Digital Leicestershire team is now working with the Government and Suppliers to deliver gigabit-capable broadband to as many Leicestershire premises as possible. You can find out more about our current and future projects, including Project Gigahubs and Project Gigabit, from the drop-down menu on the top navigation bar.
Broadband Technologies used by Digital Leicestershire
Fibre broadband is the next generation of broadband – faster, more reliable and uses a different technology. Traditional ADSL broadband is delivered via copper telephone lines whereas fibre broadband uses fibre optic cables to link between the exchange, the street cabinet, and the customer. Fibre broadband is a catch-all term, principally encompassing Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) and Fibre to the Premises (FTTP).
The Digital Leicestershire team is currently working with the Government and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to roll-out FTTP across Leicestershire, and upgrade our networks from FTTC.
Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC)
FTTC involves fibre cables being installed from the exchange to a green street cabinet. Existing copper then runs from the cabinet to the premises. FTTC is capable of providing speeds up to 80Mbps, but broadband speeds decrease significantly over copper cabling, and speeds will start to deteriorate the further away from the cabinet the properties are located.
Fibre to the Premises (FTTP)
FTTP, also known as full fibre broadband is a pure fibre connection which runs directly from an exchange to the property. This type of connection can provide speeds up to 1GB and beyond.