The history (and future) of the internet with Community Fibre

The history (and future) of the internet with Community Fibre

Date: 25/10/23

Author: Anthony Harrison

In an era where online shopping, virtual doctor appointments, and video calls have become routine, it can be fascinating to trace the origins of home internet. This technological marvel underpins many of our everyday tasks – but have you ever wondered how this complex web of connectivity came to be? Join us as we journey through its evolution, from copper wiring and wireless connectivity to the cutting-edge fibre optic technology that's revolutionizing the landscape.


So what is the internet?

The internet is a vast network of interconnected computers and servers spanning the globe. When you send a request, such as clicking a link or typing a web address, your device communicates with a special computer called a server. This server holds the requested information, whether it's a website, a video, or an image. To get the data from the server to your device, the information is broken down into small units called data packets.

These data packets travel through a series of pathways, which can include physical cables or wireless waves. They are guided by routers, which are like digital traffic controllers, directing each packet along the most efficient path to its destination. Once the packets arrive at your device, they are reassembled into the original data, which your device displays as a webpage, video, or any other form of content. This entire process happens in the blink of an eye, enabling us to access information from anywhere in the world almost instantly.


The Copper Age: Laying the foundation

The story of home internet starts with copper telephone lines, traditionally used for voice communication. As technology advanced, these humble lines started transmitting data at increasingly higher speeds, giving birth to the concept of broadband. However, copper has its limitations, like such as the farther away you are from the central exchange, the slower your internet speed.


The Wireless Age: Wondering with WiFi

In parallel with wired connections, WiFi emerged as a revolutionary technology. Suitable WiFi routers allowed devices to connect to the internet without physical cables, transforming homes and businesses into interconnected hubs. The convenience of WiFi enabled digital mobility and literacy for more people so everyday devices could communicate and collaborate.


The Fibre Age: Speeding towards change

Enter fibre optics, a game-changing technology that revolutionized internet connectivity. Unlike copper, fibre optic cables use light to transmit data, allowing for incredible speeds and minimal signal loss, regardless of distance. Fibre-To-The-Cabinet (FTTC) installations brought fibre optics closer to homes by connecting the exchange to a street cabinet with fibre optics, while copper wiring completed the final stretch of the connection into homes. This hybrid approach to fibre connectivity significantly boosts speeds but still retains some limitations.


The Full Fibre Age: Future-proofing your Network

Fibre-To-The-Home (FTTH), which is sometimes called Fibre-To-The-Property (FTTP), is the new best thing. It means fibre cables are extended directly to homes from the exchange, completely eliminating copper from the equation. An end-to-end full fibre connection results in lightning-fast speeds and a seamless online experience. This advancement bridges the digital divide and empowers users with unparalleled connectivity, enabling the widespread adoption of online services for everyday use.





How Community Fibre are building a better digital future for Londoners

Today, Community Fibre stands at the forefront of the internet revolution. The journey of the internet is a testament to human ingenuity, a journey that empowers us to navigate the modern world with seamless connectivity and boundless possibilities. That’s why we focus on bridging the digital divide by offering a superior broadband network that's changing the game for Londoners.

Our fibre optic technology, encompassing both FTTP and FTTH, ensures that broadband speed and accessibility are no longer barriers to a seamless online experience. Whether it's streaming high-definition content, working from home, or staying globally connected, Community Fibre's network is designed to empower every Londoner.

As we celebrate the remarkable journey of home internet, it's clear that the present and future are marked by unfettered connectivity, made possible by innovations like fibre optics and wireless technology. So, the next time you book a medical appointment online or video call your family, remember the intricate web of technology that makes it all possible - a web that continues to expand and improve, thanks to pioneers like the Community Fibre team.