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"Super-fast broadband" isn't fibre optic broadband because it's still delivered to your property on either copper wires using VDSL in the case of BT or copper coax cable using DOCSISv3 in the case of Virgin media.

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There is almost no FTTH in the UK as neither BT nor Virgin provide it at a consumer level. BT uses VDSL over copper from the cab, Virgin use DOCSISv3 over coax cable from the cab.

BT's next step, they have publicly stated, is to use G.Fast from the telegraph pole, which is idiotic to say the least.

Virgin are port bonding to increase their speeds, so currently I'm getting regularly 125Mbps down and 12Mbps up. This will be increased soon to circe 150Mbps down, don't know the up yet.

Of course it's fibre optic in the rest of the network - it has been for years - since before broadband was rolled out. This doesn't mean that the consumer gets anything like the speeds that fibre optics can deliver as different laws of physics govern electrical signals over copper than light through fibre. It's a disgrace that the service providers are able to claim it's fibre optic broadband, which quite obviously it isn't.

There are isolated cases of real fibre optic broadband in the UK, such as B4RN, Gigler, Hyperoptic, but its few and far between.

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