Fibre-to-the-Premise or Full fibre, provides a fibre optic connection all the way from the telephone exchange to your premise, whereas traditional fibre broadband (FTTC) is a fibre connection to your local on-street cabinet, then a copper connection from the cabinet to your property. FTTP is a 100% fibre connection, which offers lightning speeds and improves the performance of your internet connection. If you’re in an FTTP enabled area, you can benefit from connection speeds of up to 1000mbps. However, not all Internet Service Providers can offer this service, so you may be informed by yours that this is unavailable. If your provider does not offer this service, you may need to consider changing providers if you wish to access the increased speeds.
- Businesses in Rural Oxfordshire (BiRO) - BT and Airband have been awarded contracts under this European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), funded to collectively deliver full-fibre broadband to nearly 1,000 businesses in the most rural parts of the county. Delivery in underway.
- Rural Gigabit Connectivity (RGC) - DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media, & Sport) has funding available for a programme aimed at installing full-fibre connectivity in buildings (known as hub sites) which provide a public service. We are currently in the process of applying for funding to connect over 100 buildings with full-fibre.
- Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS) - DCMS runs a voucher scheme offering business and residents in some of the hardest-to-reach places in the UK, additional funding towards the cost of installing gigabit-capable broadband to their premises when part of a community project.
- Project Gigabit - The city of Oxford currently has just 0.6% of premises able to receive full fibre broadband. We are planning a way forward to secure investment into building gigabit-capable infrastructure for the whole of Oxford city, including the means of creating connected IoT infrastructure enabling Oxford to be a truly Smart City.