Broadband Glossary 

Backhaul – Term used to describe the transfer of data to and from a remote point to the main IP network (‘or backbone’)

Broadband – The term used to describe a wide range of technologies that allow high-speed, always-on access to the Internet. This is most often delivered via a connection through a telephone line or cable service, but can also be delivered using wireless and satellite connections. A potential access speed of less than 512 Kbps is deemed not to be broadband.

ERDF – European Regional Development Fund.

FTTC (Fibre-to-the-cabinet) – Access network consisting of optical fibre extending from the access node to the street cabinet. The street cabinet is usually located only a few hundred metres from subscriber premises. The remaining segment of the access network from the cabinet to the customer is usually a copper pair but could use another technology, such as wireless.

FTTH (Fibre-to-the-home) – A form of fibre optic communication delivered in which the optical signal reaches the end user’s living or office space.

FTTB (Fibre-to-the-building) – A form of fibre-optic communications delivery in which an optical fibre is run directly onto the customers’ premises.

Internet Service Provider (ISP) – a company that offers retail access packages to the internet.

They combine the basic connectivity and services like email, voip, a home hub & internet security.

Local Authority Resource Centre’ (LARC) – a virtual resource, to provide information and

documentation for Local Authorities and LEPs who wish to access additional information about the BDUK pilots and wider programme.

Local Bodies – any public sector body that will be developing local broadband projects for the delivery of broadband services. It is anticipated local bodies will primarily be English Local Authorities, working alone or jointly, and potentially some English Local Authorities working together in Local Enterprise Partnerships.

Local Broadband Plan – a document which covers the broadband strategy, delivery plans for

infrastructure upgrades and the outline business case for the overall desired investment. It should also explain how improvements to broadband infrastructure will support the needs of the community and will be aligned with other local / regional plans and strategies.

Mbps – Megabits per second.

Mobile broadband – Various types of wireless high-speed internet access through a portable modem,telephone or other device.

NGA – Next Generation Access.

Not spot – A geographic postcode area where Customers do not have access to fixed line or wireless broadband.

Performance Reward Grant – an unringfenced grant shared between local authorities for meeting past targets.

PSN – Public Sector Network – it is best to differentiate a public enterprise network and a public sector network which complies with specific Cabinet office guidelines on traffic separation. Public sector enterprise networks like any other private carrying voice and data traffic between public sector offices and provides access to and from other networks. This may include access to the PSTN and the public internet. A Public Sector Network compliant with Cabinet Office guidelines is configured with the appropriate equipment to allow traffic to be treated very securely at a variety of security levels.

RDPE – Rural Development Programme for England.

Slow spot – A geographic postcode area where Customers have access to fixed line or wireless

broadband at access speeds below 2Mbps.

SME – Small and Medium Enterprise.

Standard Broadband – BDUK has defined standard broadband as a service available at the edge of the network that allows a quality home working experience, for which a headline access speed of 2Mbps can be used as a proxy.

Superfast Broadband – BDUK has defined Superfast Broadband as having a potential headline

download access speed of greater than 24Mbps, with no upper limit. Typically, at a wholesale level, the underlying capability can be measured in gigabits. The retail market then takes this capability and delivers affordable propositions.

Take-up – The acceptance of broadband services by an end user where offered.

Technology neutral – in the context of Broadband it means all but carrying mediums can be used to create the best possible wholesale broadband service.