September 9, 2014 9:00 am

Britian’s Copper Telephone Cables to be Switched Off?

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Recently, The Guardian reported on the ‘Department for Culture, Media and Sport’ describing the prospect of Britian’s copper cabling network being removed and replaced. This might sound rather drastic but as the copper cabling itself is over 100 years old, it is not entirely surprising. The question you should be asking yourself is ‘what will this mean for communication in the near future?’. The answer is a bright new future lit up by technological development.

The future that the  Department for Culture, Media and Sport sees is one of universal internet availability that can facilitate the increasing bandwidth required by more intensive apps and a diversification of the ‘internet of things’. Driver-less cars may be seen in our near future but the connection that they will need far outstrips the capabilities that the current British network has.

Telephone Line Cross Section

Copper telephone cabling is complicated and becoming outdated

Copper cabling has gone in the last 10 years from the go-to solution for transferring data to a more specific medium, losing out to the competition from fibre-optics and wireless hub technology. The actual copper in use at the moment is estimated to be worth £2.5 to £5 billion and therein lies one of the reasons why copper cabling is loosing out to fibre optics: it’s more expensive. Fibre-optics can cover longer distances with less signal degradation and with less relay stations to strengthen the signal. Furthermore, the dramatic increase in the cost of raw copper in the last three years means the actual cabling itself is becoming more and more expensive and fast approaching the utility/cost boundary.

What this means for businesses is simply that fibre-optics is fast becoming the networking standard and without it you will be unlikely to be able to make the most out of your high speed broadband. With the increasing need to be future-proof, due to the already mentioned increasing demand in bandwidth, businesses should be on the lookout as to whether their network is getting sluggish or lethargic at peak times. If so, feel free to contact us on 01792 875999 for a no obligation consultation with our experienced and trained experts or email us for more information on any of our other services.


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