Some people take good broadband for granted but many here in East Sussex aren’t so fortunate with only 9% of households currently having access to ultrafast, full fibre broadband compared to 17% in the UK*.  This makes the recent launch of Full Fibre network Trooli in Crowborough extremely welcome – with the network releasing over 4,000 more addresses to its initial launch last month.

With the importance of a fast and reliable broadband service ever-growing, especially for those now working from home, the new network brings Crowborough residents and businesses a service that can be relied upon to deliver ultrafast download and upload speeds and one built to accommodate multiple users, devices and purposes in parallel.  

Here, we explain some of the different types of broadband and what makes full fibre different.


Whilst not as bad as the original “dial-up” internet, ADSL networks still rely entirely on old copper phone lines and only provide average download speeds of 10 Mbps in rural areas or 17 Mbps in urban areas, although often these are considerably less.  Great when launched but not fit for 2020 and beyond. 

Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC)

Often referred to as ‘Superfast Fibre’ by internet service providers but this only tells half the story.

FTTC networks use fibre optic cables from the internet exchange to the green street cabinets but still rely on the old copper phone lines from the cabinet to a customer’s property, limiting the speeds that can be delivered and the further away a property is from the cabinet, the slower the speeds received. 

Whilst average download speeds are higher than ADSL, at 45 Mbps (rural) or 64 Mbps (urban) users often experience pinch points, be that speeds slowing due to multiple users using it at the same time or during peak hours when the whole neighbourhood is online. 

The other drawback with FTTC networks is upload speed which is crucial for those working from home, with the average of only 14 Mbps.  This can lead to the embarrassment of video calls freezing (or worse) in the middle of those important work conference calls.

Fibre to the Property (FTTP)

Otherwise known as full fibre, FTTP networks are designed to remove the pinch points caused by FTTC networks, providing ultrafast speeds and enhanced network reliability. This is done by delivering fibre cables all the way from the exchange to the door and removing any reliance on old copper wires.  In fact, there is no need for a phone line at all. 

Full Fibre can deliver speeds as fast as 1Gb (1,000 Mbps), meaning users spend less time waiting for things to load and more time getting on with the things they enjoy. 

And the best bit? This service is now available on your doorstep. Trooli’s new full fibre network offers download speeds of 300, 500 or 900 Mbps, with upload speeds starting at 100 Mbps promising to significantly enhance how you use the internet at home.

Want to know more?

Trooli’s full fibre network is now available to over 5,000 homes and businesses in Crowborough including Jarvis Brook, Stone Cross and Steel Cross .  

If you want to benefit from guaranteed ultrafast speeds, visit and see what full fibre can do for you. 

*  (10th October 2020)