How are FTTP and FTTC different from one another?

Fibre optic cables being laid in a highstreet

Do you suffer from a slow broadband connection? With so many variables involved with providing internet access to a property, these can become issues for a sluggish connection. The growing number of devices on networks can reduce the bandwidth, causing a slow down in connection too.

Frequently the problem with internet speeds comes from the type of connection you have to the data cabinet. This is where local internet connections will begin. The cabinets spur off from a larger regional network back to the internet service provider. There are some big differences between FTTP and FTTC which you should be aware of before deciding on a broadband connection.

What is FTTC?

FTTC stands for Fibre To The Cabinet. This uses a fibre optic connection from the ISP to the cabinet, but then slower copper cables to your premises. FTTC can result in slower broadband speeds due to the copper having limited bandwidth. Speeds can also deplete over distance, so the further from the cabinet you are, the slower your internet connection.

While you can receive 80mbps via FTTC, this is likely to dwindle the further you are from the cabinet. 80mbps is hardly slow, however, with more devices on the network, this can slow down tremendously once inside the building. This is a more economical option than fibre however, which costs a lot more to install.

FTTC Diagram

What about FTTP?

FTTP, or Fibre To The Premises, is the preferred way to gain internet access when possible. Rather than using copper cables, FTTP employs fibre optic cables straight from the ISP to your building. Using fibre for all of the data’s journeys means it does not slow down along the way. If you are wanting fast and reliable speeds, then FTTP is the best option for you.

While FTTP is more costly than FTTC, the benefits outweigh this when you could be getting up to a 1gbps connection. If you have more than a few employees, FTTP will futureproof your business for years to come. Once BT stops traditional phone lines, having decent bandwidth for VoIP phone systems to be implemented will be critical too.

FTTP Diagram

Should I use FTTP or FTTC for my business?

Ideally, having Fibre to the Property is the best option if it is available in your area. The speed and reliability will become a necessity before too long, especially for medium to large scale businesses. For most individuals or small businesses, Fibre to the Cabinet will likely suffice and will be a smaller outgoing too.

If you’re not sure which service is best for your company, Fluent can discuss your needs with you and advise on the most appropriate solution.

Contact us today or try our Broadband Speed Checker to discover which options you have.

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