Cuckoo is launching Full Fibre (FTTP) broadband

Introducing even faster full fibre Cuckoo

Tommy Toner

Tommy Toner | Co-Founder and VP of Product

Can we get a drum roll please? Because from October, we'll be launching our very own full fibre with speeds up to 1 gigabit per second. And if you can't tell, we're very excited.

Only certain parts of the UK are ready for full fibre at the moment (more on this below), but we've made a handy waiting list. Join the waiting list here and we'll let you know as soon as you can get it.

And if all this talk of full fibre is flying way over your head, worry not - we've explained it all below.

Full fibre explained

For starters, if you're with Cuckoo then you're already getting superfast speeds of about 67Mb/s. But because full fibre can deliver speeds of up to 1Gb/s (1,000Mb/s), it redefines what 'fast' really means. e.g. you'll be able to download an HD film in under a minute! Whoosh.

What's the difference between fibre (FTTC) and full fibre (FTTP)?

In a nutshell, it's all about where the fibre-optic cables are connected to. There are two options:

  1. Fibre broadband (FTTC: Fibre-To-The-Cabinet). As the name suggests, this is where the newer fibre optic cables run to one of those green cabinets on your street. From there, an older copper line (which can't carry as much data) will bring it into your home. Now even though this is fast, it can be limited by how far your home is from the cabinet.
  2. Full fibre broadband (FTTP: Fibre-To-The-Premise). And you've probably already figured out that this is where the fibre-optic cables run all the way to your home. No cabinet involved and no copper lines to speak of. Which means it can go up to 10x faster and is more reliable too.

This diagram from the BBC helps explain it further. It even shows the old school ADSL connection (which is too slow for our flock, so we don't offer it):

Diagram of how FTTP & FTTC technology work from the BBC

FTTC is currently available to 95% of homes in the UK and is fast enough for most of us using the internet at home, even when a few people are streaming on different devices at the same time. But FTTP is a game-changer, which is why we want to offer it wherever we can. However, the UK is still laying the infrastructure needed, so it's not available to everyone... yet.

So when can you get FTTP?

Currently, only 24% of UK homes can get full fibre. But Openreach and CityFibre (who are laying all these thousands of miles of new fibre-optic cables) have an ambitious plan to up that to 40% of homes by the end of 2022. And by 2026 this should go up to 85%.

And we're offering it from October: sign up now

So if you're interested in full-fibre (and, er, why wouldn't you be?), just hit the button below and we'll let you know as soon as it's available in your area.

Rest assured, we're working hard behind the scenes to secure the best value for our flock. So with Cuckoo, you'll get a freaky fast FTTP connection at a great price.

And everything else, like our 1-month rolling contract and amazing support from our friendly Broadband Eggsperts, stays exactly the same. Join the full fibre waiting list

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