4 ways full fibre can benefit you in 2024 – County Broadband’s industry trends and predictions

The start of the year will always bring a time to reflect, to look to the future and to peer over the horizon. In the world of technology, and full fibre broadband especially, this is certainly the case!

Be it gaming, streaming, or the world of artificial intelligence (AI), each year delivers new heights of ambition and inspiration. Fortunately, with full fibre broadband’s potential to reach 10,000 Mbps in the future, there is no doubt that 2024’s new frontier of tech will have the backbone of robust connectivity it needs.

With that in mind, we’re taking a look into the industry’s crystal ball to see where we think technology could be heading this year, and how full fibre will play a crucial part!

Gaming – the year of multiplayer

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With the outright dominance of games like Baldur’s Gate 3, Spiderman 2, and Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, 2023 was lovingly titled ‘the year of single-player games’. This year, however, already promises to be a haven for the multiplayer community with ambitious newcomers and long-awaited sequels already poised for release in the coming months.

Compiling huge titles like Tekken 8, Dune: Awakening, and Warhammer 40K: Space Marines II, Gameranx has your one-stop shopping list of the best online games of 2024.

Any gamer will tell you that the biggest joy-killer for any night on the joysticks is bad internet. High ping, drop-outs, or even game-breaking bugs, the only way to fend off the curse of crumbling connectivity is full fibre. With rock-solid stability and speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps, full fibre broadband is the buff you need to say goodbye to buffering in 2024.

Streaming – the moving pictures are moving to your lounge

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While the likes of Netflix, Disney+, and Amazon Prime Video are likely to remain home favourites for streaming services in 2024, there’s no doubt that we could see real change to the content we consume and how we do it!

Firstly, we see streaming-exclusive films being cemented as the norm for several high-profile exclusives as we continue to shift out of the cinema and onto our sofas for big theatrical releases. Expect more big releases to follow in the footsteps of Apple TV’s Tetris or Disney’s Peter Pan & Wendy in 2023. Plus, with the likes of Paramount Plus being just a few years old, don’t be shocked to see newcomers to the streaming service roster this year!

No matter what you stream and where, full fibre broadband will continue to play an integral part to your night of binging, especially as streaming quality and frame rate options continue to only get better with time.

Digital healthcare innovations – the (virtual) doctor will see you now

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It may surprise you that a great deal of our healthcare technology relies on broadband these days. To help keep patients healthy and treated in good time, care providers employ ‘virtual services’ such as virtual wards and virtual outpatient services to provide care to patients from the comfort of their own homes!

From check-ups to diagnoses, we see this technology becoming an ever-important part of how we keep people healthy in 2024 as it provides a great way to give time and space back to hospitals and their patients.

This, however, won’t be possible without the utilisation of full fibre technology. Virtual services demand fast, robust connectivity be it for a patient questionnaire, one-to-one appointments or even a virtual examination. In other words, if we want to keep in good shape, so must our broadband!

Business AI tools – made smarter with full fibre

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools becoming more prevalent in the world of business in 2024 are unlikely to shock many, but the importance of full fibre to tap into its full potential certainly might be!

We’re still staring at the tip of the iceberg for AI integration in the world of work but those looking to learn its intricacies will be getting themselves a step ahead despite the unknowns.

Here’s a quick breakdown of how full fibre can help your business journey with AI:

  • Cloud-based software – Why waste storage with hefty AI software downloads when you can stream them through the cloud? Rock-solid full fibre means you can stream your AI tools with seamless productivity saving you time and money.
  • IoT (Internet of Things) – AI’s integration with IoT (a network of physical objects with which you can communicate and collaborate) can only be aided with full fibre whether it is workplace security or smart appliances!
  • Training and upskilling – Keeping you and your team in the know of updated AI skills and good practice is imperative as we continue to learn new things about them. Full fibre broadband will ensure that your training sessions are delivered without the risk of buffers or blackouts, giving your team the best chance to take full advantage of this exciting new technology.

Want to learn more about how full fibre can help your AI integration? Read our blog!

The future of technology in 2024 seems to promise unlimited potential and, as much as we love to ponder and speculate on what’s to come, the surprise of innovation is half the joy! However, one thing remains certain – full fibre broadband is a necessity if these dreams are to become reality.

Boasting speeds of a whopping 11x faster than Superfast, copper-based networks, full fibre can achieve speeds up to 1,000 Mbps which can be upgraded to 10,000 Mbps and beyond in the future. As technology becomes ever-demanding, these speeds will be nothing short of crucial to ensure your home or business is future-proofed for years to come.

Whether you’re a resident or business, you can check if you’re covered in County Broadband’s rollout by entering your postcode at www.countybroadband.co.uk where you can also register your interest in finding out more about the infrastructure and service.