What is Ultrafast Broadband and How Does it Work?

Getting fast and reliable broadband is often your primary concern. After all the faster it is, the quicker we can send emails, stream TV and connect online.

Ultrafast broadband offers strong and speedy connectivity by connecting fibre cables direct to your home, which can promise fast speeds, a reliable connection and broadband internet that uses the highest tech and sophisticated internet solutions.

At Broadway, we use Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) as one of our main products to deliver a reliable broadband connection whether you are along the coast, in the Welsh valleys or in a rocky terrain in Scotland.

For rural areas, including those in isolated areas, fibre direct into the home can offer a dependable internet connection that opens the door for connecting to loved ones around the world, accessing online banking and healthcare appointments as well as being able to stream, game, play music and connect to anything else you would like to access.


What is ultrafast broadband?

Ultrafast broadband is named because it is the fastest internet and is significantly stronger than standard broadband.

For those of us who use the internet daily, whether for work, streaming, or to make video calls to friends and family, ultrafast broadband can mean no delays, no buffering screens and access to everything we want on the internet quickly.


How fast is ultrafast broadband?

Ultrafast broadband is the fastest available internet and is connected directly to your home or business to allow for the best possible speeds and experience.

Superfast broadband offers customers speeds of 30Mbps or more, and ultrafast broadband offers speeds of 300Mbps or more.


How does ultrafast broadband work?

Ultrafast broadband works by running the fastest internet signals through fibre cables that run from the nearest exchange or point into your property.

Fibre broadband is considered one of the best options as fibre cables ensure internet signal is not weakened over distance, even if you are in the most remote of locations.

Fibre cables are seen as more seamless and offer a more consistent experience and delivery. They are now often preferred by many internet providers and customers over the previously used copper cables to deliver a reliable internet service.


How does ultrafast broadband get into my home?

Ultrafast broadband utilises FTTP connections, arriving at the home by either tapping into underground ducting that comes direct from the exchange, by connecting to a nearby cabinet or by accessing the fibre via telegraph poles.

The fibre internet is then connected into your home or property by drilling a small hole in an external wall and fixing a junction box, before pulling through a fibre cable that connects to an outside termination point within the box.

Inside, that cable connects to your router and distributes the signal to any Wi-Fi device around the home. This can be your computer, laptop, tablet, games console, phone or TV—whatever you like, really!


Should I get ultrafast broadband?

Most homes will have a broadband package with a typical speed of between 25Mbps and 100Mbps, so ultrafast is significantly higher and can be beneficial for homes with multiple devices and internet users.

If you or anyone in your home loves to game, streams movies or works from home and needs to be able to do video calls or send large files, then opting for an ultrafast broadband might be the best choice to give you the reliable and dependable internet package you need.


What is the advantage of ultrafast broadband?

There are many advantages to ultrafast broadband, including speed, supporting multiple devices and reducing delays when sharing large files:

  • Supporting multiple devices
    One of the most cited advantages for ultrafast broadband is the ability to support multiple devices in the home.
    With many of us using laptops, smart phones, smart TVs and even game consoles, tablets and internet music devices, the average home can have upwards of 10 devices which can all need reliable and fast internet to allow them to work and work together.
  • Speed allows for streaming, gaming and watching TV online
    The vast speed of ultrafast broadband is well suited for those of us who like to watch Netflix, game online or watch live TV which requires a strong internet connection.
  • Reduced delays in video calls or sending large files
    For those of us who work from home, we need a solid and reliable internet connection that allows us to send emails (and occasional large file), speak with colleagues, have video call meetings; all of which can be made easier and quicker with ultrafast broadband.
  • Can be a boost for your property
    This might not be an instant benefit, but a home that is connected with ultrafast broadband can be seen as an added asset which could potentially add value to your home when or if you decide to sell it at a later date.
    Many prospective home buyers have cited a reliable broadband connection as being “essential” to whether they buy a home or not, so having the fastest internet speed available can be another tick on their list.


What is the disadvantage of ultrafast broadband?

There are not many disadvantages to choosing fibre broadband, and especially FTTP. However, some have been mentioned, including:

  • Availability is increasing, but it is not widespread
    One example of a disadvantage is whether there is fibre connectivity available where your home or business property is situated, as not every part of the UK is currently connected.
    However, many providers are busy building out the fibre infrastructure to connect even the hardest to reach of areas, so even if you are on the furthest coast of the UK, ultrafast broadband may well be on its way to you.
  • Price can mean ultrafast broadband is more expensive than other types
    Ultrafast broadband promises the highest speeds and largest download and upload capability, but it can mean you will be paying more than if you had a different or lesser package.

Don't forget to share this post!

FAQs: What is Ultrafast Broadband and How Does it Work?

Speed is what sets most broadband types apart, with superfast broadband reaching speeds of 30Mbps, which can comfortably support a small household. However ultrafast broadband reaches speeds of 300Mbps and even 1 Gigabit, which is significantly higher and more suited to households with multiple devices or internet users; and especially those wishing to stream, send large files or game online.
Ultrafast broadband is a type of fibre broadband running fibre optic cables direct into the home, which is why it is called Fibre to the Premises (FTTP).
Whether you need the high speeds and capability that ultrafast broadband commands, is dependent on how much you use the internet and how many devices or internet users are in your home. If you work from home, send large files online, game or stream online TV or have multiple devices in your home, then investing in an ultrafast broadband package can mean the most reliable and best internet experience.
Register Your Interest for Free

Discover if ultrafast broadband is available in your area with Broadway! Enter your address now and unlock lightning-fast internet speeds.

Check Availability & Coverage
in your location