How fast is fibre internet in miles travelled, and how does it fare against Santa, who must reach millions of children in just a few hours? Welcome to the ultimate Christmas showdown.

Enter Santa Claus.

We looked at some intricate calculation of Santa's speed - here's a summary.

According to the article, Santa roughly reaches 91.8 million homes around the world, including all children that…fall under his 'cultural jurisdiction'.

"Santa has 31 hours of Christmas to work with, thanks to the different time zones and the rotation of the earth, assuming he travels east to west(which seems logical). This works out to 822.6 visits per second."

"This means that Santa's sleigh is moving at 650 miles per second, 3,000 times the speed of sound."

That's 2,340,000 miles per hour.

Enter Ultrafast Internet.

So how does that fare against fibre internet?

Well,  fibre optic broadband transmits data using packets of light. These packets move through the wire at the speed of (you guessed it) light. Due to the light bouncing around the cable, there usually is a small, hardly noticeable reduction in speed, but…your data packets essentially travel at the speed of light. 299,792,458 miles per second.

That's 1,079,252,848,800 miles per hour.

Ultrafast internet wins hands down.

Actually, copper cables can reach up to 95% such speed so…what makes fibre so special?

Just like a really narrow chimney would slow down Santa's mission, older internet infrastructure restricts the amount of data that can pass through the wiring at any one time.

This is why this year we've worked hard to expand adoption of ultrafast internet across the UK (and even New York!).

We want to make sure you and your business never get stuck in a chimney again!

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