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What to Expect from Different Types of Internet Connections

Hybrid Technologies

Quickline is dedicated to bringing fast, reliable internet connectivity to homes across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. Thanks to our advanced infrastructure, a large team of technical experts and an unwavering commitment to supporting our customers, we can connect your home to the internet even if you live in a hard to reach rural area that other providers fail to cover.

In this article we’re explaining how our hybrid technologies work, as the system has been cleverly designed to make superfast internet more accessible than ever for rural communities.

What is a hybrid network?

We’ve set ourselves a very ambitious target to bring superfast and ultrafast broadband accessibility to more than 500,000 rural premises over the next few years. In order to achieve this, we’re expanding our state-of-the-art hybrid network, which uses both 5G fixed wireless broadband and a fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) approach, giving us access to many rural areas that other internet providers largely ignore due to them only using full fibre networks.

Thanks to the flexibility of our infrastructure, we can deliver life-changing superfast broadband to people across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire who would otherwise have to go without.

What is FTTP?

Fibre-to-the-premises, or FTTP, is a broadband technology that can provide superfast internet access to homes. It uses fibre technology, which directly connects the local exchange to the router in your home. Thanks to this direct connection, the internet speeds you achieve will be very high.

The only problem is that many other internet providers aren’t investing in the lengthy and costly task of creating the fibre network for properties in rural areas, which is why many people living in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire can’t sign up to their services. Quickline is different, as we believe that everyone should be able to have superfast internet in their homes for an affordable price.

What is 5G fixed wireless broadband?

Due to the time it takes to install a full fibre network across rural regions, Quickline uses hybrid technologies that provide unparalleled flexibility. This includes 5G broadband access, which essentially combines mobile broadband with the latest 5G mobile technology.

Like a fibre connection, 5G broadband still requires a router inside your home. The router connects your devices (such as computers, laptops and smart speakers) to the internet. Unlike fibre, which is connected to your router via a physical phone line or fibre cable, 5G broadband connects to the internet using a 5G SIM card, similar to the one in your mobile phone.

In order to function, 5G broadband requires a regional hardware infrastructure in the form of telegraph poles and electrical cabinets dotted around the rural landscape. Many areas in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire were missing these crucial pieces of hardware, so Quickline solved the problem by filling in the gaps. As a result, we’ve created a network that covers the region and enables us to deliver superfast broadband to your home using hybrid technologies.

The 5G fixed wireless system still uses fibre cables, the difference being that your router can wirelessly access the external network without requiring a cable being connected directly to your home.

What to expect from fibre broadband

Fibre broadband is currently being deployed to thousands of homes as part of Quickline’s hybrid network roll-out. At the moment we’re focusing on villages that historically have had little to no internet access, with Picton in North Yorkshire being one of the first. Fibre broadband is very much in demand and Quickline is committed to making it available to as many rural homes in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire as possible.

Fibre broadband offers top internet speeds but in order to function a fibre network needs to be in place. Quickline is currently expanding its fibre network and offers other solutions to areas that are currently unsupported by this particular type of technology.

What to expect from 5G fixed wireless broadband

Fixed wireless access is delivered from a telephone mast that has a certain reach. If you have a fixed wireless broadband package with Quickline and your home is located within 8-10km of a mast, you should achieve speeds of up to 100Mbps, which is a superfast connection. This allows you and your family to stream movies, play online games, hold video calls and carry out all kinds of other online activity from multiple devices with ease.

Homes with this type of connection require a dish that accesses the signal from the closest mast, which is delivered through line of sight. This means that if there’s something in the way of this signal (such as a tree or tall building), your internet connection won’t be as fast as it could be. That’s why we assess where your property is located and decide whether fixed wireless broadband is the best option for you.

Despite this minor hindrance, fixed wireless broadband is our leading technology, as it brings superfast internet access to rural homes that would otherwise have to put up with extremely low speeds.

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