Superfast Broadband – What is the difference between FTTP and FTTC?

Our lives are more connected every day. In the home, more and more gadgets and appliances – phones, TVs, tablets, games consoles – work best with a good internet connection. Meanwhile, small businesses can unlock increasing opportunities to delight customers with innovative solutions and more flexible working practises.

We’ve all been there at one point or another, struggling to cope with the simultaneous demands of downloading large files, streaming videos or music, with multiple devices and appliances logged on at the same time.

The truth is, we’re all doing more online and expecting the broadband services that were ‘current’ ten years ago just won’t do the job today. So what are the latest technologies available, and whats the difference between FTTP and FTTC?

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What Is Fibre to the Cabinet FTTC?

Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) is where a fibre optic cable is delivered to a street-side cabinet which also contains the broadband network equipment.

The end user customer is connected to this cabinet via a copper (telephone) line, known as PSTN. The customer is given a router from the ISP which enables them to receive this superfast broadband. It is also referred to as Fibre broadband.

Most cabinets around the UK have been installed by Openreach which means that Communication Providers (top level ISP’s that operate at an infrastructure level), like Spectrum Internet, can offer FTTC services ‘on net.’

Top speeds are usually up to 80Mbps download and 20Mbps upload although some ISP’s offer slower speeds.

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What Is Fibre to the Premises FTTP?

Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) only uses fibre-optic cables from the exchange to the distribution point (or node) and then to the properties it serves. Fibre is inherently more reliable than copper and can carry data at much faster speeds.

Currently Openreach has about 9% coverage in the UK with FTTP. Altnets, like Spectrum Internet, have covered another 18% but there is still a long way to go.

Speed is actually unlimited over fibre but it depends on the equipment being used at either end of the fibre. Spectrum already offers some FTTP services of 1Gbps (click here for details) but where it uses the Openreach solution, 330Mbps is currently the fastest download available.

Which should you choose?

A broadband service that has an element of fibre in it is always preferable to done that doesn’t!

It would also be great if there was a choice yet in most parts of the UK where ‘superfast’ is available, you’ll be able to get either FTTC or FTTP.

To get FTTP to everyone, new infrastructure would need to be added, and that involves digging up the roads and the sides of the streets to lay the cables. Not that we’re complaining but Openreach are still very much reliant on it’s rather outdated copper network and systems.

Why Should You Care?

Fibre can make a big difference to your business. Compared to copper it can deliver higher speeds for both upload and download, a more predictable speed, better reliability (less downtime) and is more durable – And great choice.

Don’t think of broadband in terms of budget unless you are factoring in time as well. Think about what you need to do and how quickly you need to do it. Then take a look at our business broadband packages designed for companies like yours to keep you on the move.

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