Optical fibres are based on simple physics – but they have changed our world, providing superfast broadband and new online services. How much do you know about it?
Which company has so far won all of the government funding available from BDUK?
- Virgin Media
What fundamental physical property allows glass fibre cables to carry light round corners>
- Bragg diffraction
- Total internal reflection
- Gravitational lensing
- The eternal sunshine of the spotless mind
BT and Alcatel-Lucent have set a world record for data transfer over fibre, but how fast is it?
TRUE or FALSE? TV pioneer John Logie Baird demonstrated optical fibres in the 1920s
Google Fibre is available in which of these US cities?
- San Francisco
Which of these is NOT a type of fibre network architecture?
- FTTC (Fibre to the cabinet)
- FTTP (Fibre to the premises)
- FTTN (Fibre to the neighbourhood)
- FTTS (Fibre to the stadium)
What is the current (2014) government target for superfast broadband coverage?
- 99 percent by 2018
- 100 percent by 2022
- 96 percent by 2015
- 90 percent by 2014
Tech Alert: Which kind of fibre works over the longest distances
- Single Mode
- Multi Mode
BT fibre is not available in which major UK city?
- Milton Keynes
BT won at BDUK - but which other company withdrew from the process in March 2013?
- Virgin Media
In December 2013, many Londoners lost their Internet because thieves stole fibre cables. What did they really want?
DARPA has found a way to make fibre carry signals at a higher speed. What is it?
- The fibre is doped with graphene
- Light travels in a hollow core
- The fibre is installed under tension
BT is "recycling" some undersea fibre which originally connected Britain to Spain. Where is it going now?
- The isle of Wight
- The Isle of Man
- The Isles of Scilly
Which country has the greatest fibre penetration (in 2014)?
- South Korea
Which is the best connected rural region in the UK (in 2014)?
Result: [SCORE-MESSAGE] out of [NB-OF-QUESTION-MESSAGE]
You're stuck on dial-up! Maybe you should get rewired.
Not bad, but you're more copper than fibre. Far too much buffering in that quiz.
You must have fibre to the brain! You're not just superfast, you're running at terabit speeds!