How to check the coverage of fiber optics with your smartphone

To know if your home is covered by the fiber line does not take much: just install the right app on your smartphone

Thanks to the efforts of the Government and all national telephone operators, the number of homes served by fiber is growing week after week. The goal, in fact, is to anticipate what has been established by the European Union and provide fiber optic Internet connection to the entire Italian population well before 2030.

At the moment, however, there are still many areas of our country that are not covered by the fiber optic network. A situation, as said, in continuous evolution and difficult to follow without appropriate means. So, if you wonder if your house is reached by fiber and want to find out how to verify fiber coverage, just look in your pocket. All you have to do is install an app on your Android smartphone to find out if your house is reached by fiber optics or if you'll have to make do with a "simple" ADSL. A young Italian developer, in fact, has recently released on the Google Play Store Fibrapp, the app to check the coverage of fiber optics.

How does Fibrapp work

Free and with a simple and intuitive interface, Fibrapp uses data already present on the Net to allow the user to check the fiber coverage. The app provides the user with three different search modes: by address (the simplest); by cabinet; by exchange. In the first case it will be sufficient to enter the address of one's home (a guided procedure, since Fibrapp will provide suggestions in the process) to check what is the maximum connection speed available. The connection types are indicated with technical acronyms: FTTC, for example, stands for Fiber to the cabinet and indicates a connection with a theoretical maximum speed of 100 megabits per second, while FTTH, stands for Fiber to the home, indicates a fiber connection with a theoretical maximum speed of 1 gigabit per second. Searches by cabinet and exchange, on the other hand, require more technical data and provide more generalist information.