why fibre ?

The movement of data at most data centres occurs by means of Fiber optic connections. Radio Fibre is an exception, thanks to the quality of radio transport you can rely on radio links between your buildings and our transmitters. A fibre link is a fixed connection between two points using radio waves.
In addition to an antenna on our communications mast, a small antenna is attached to your building (or to a mast close to the building). The antennas are then aligned to give optimal throughput. Fixed connections are suitable for bridging distances up to dozens of miles.
Do you prefer full Fibre optic connections or Radio links? We have listed the characteristics of both options for you, so you can make an informed and sensible assessment. The comparative performance rates are     Average     Good     Very Good.

LEAD TIME

LEAD TIME


Market data shows us that typical lead times, from enquiry to installation, for full fibre connections can be up to 1 year or more. With fibre we strive to have new connections up and running within 16-20 weeks from first contact. Often, when a community network is already operating, we can install a customer in less than half of that time. There is no comparison.

Full Fibre

Radio Fibre

DELIVERY

DELIVERY


The installation of a point-to-point full fibre connection takes, on average, 16 to 20 weeks as it can involve vast stretches of duct and pole works. In contrast, installing a radio link takes 2-3 weeks on average as we can cover long distances without the above disruption. The installation of a radio link doesn’t require planning permission, but in some cases, you do need a permit from Ofcom.

Full Fibre

Radio Fibre

COSTS

COSTS


Your location affects the installation costs for either fibre optic connections or radio links, the further the distance to the transmitter the higher the costs. In almost all cases, the connection costs of a radio link are much lower than those of a fibre connection and the difference in cost between the two increases exponentially the further the distance. We will gladly calculate the connection and monthly costs for you.

Full Fibre

Radio Fibre

RELIABILITY

RELIABILITY


Everybody wants a reliable connection and fibre optics have been regarded as the top option. Radio links are also exceptionally reliable. Historically, adverse weather conditions affected the quality of a radio connection, but this is no longer true with advancements in current technology. We would even stake our reputation on radio links being more reliable than full fibre due to the vulnerability of cables being excavated.

Full Fibre

Radio Fibre

SPEED

SPEED


Until recently a full fibre connection would offer far superior speeds when compared to a radio link. However, with incredible advancements in radio technology we can now also provide 1+ Gbps through our radios. Furthermore, radio links have lower latency (less delay) due to the direct line from point to point.

Full Fibre

Radio Fibre

TRAFFIC

TRAFFIC


Data traffic is unavoidable unless you have a dedicated line installed. Traffic levels will depend on the contention rate set by your service provider. We are proud that our contention rates are amongst the lowest in the industry, ensuring your internet experience with us is smooth and stress free.

Full Fibre

Radio Fibre