FTTC vs FTTP: What do they mean for broadband?

FTTC vs FTTP: What do they mean for broadband?

Tuesday, 2 May, 2017

FTTC and FTTP are the two main types of fibre broadband available in the UK.

These two acronyms define how much fibre optic cable is being used in a connection.

Fibre broadband is also known as fibre optic broadband.

FTTC = Fibre to the Cabinet

FTTC means that the fibre cable reaches all the way from your ISP to a green street cabinet near your home.

Your home is then connected to the cabinet through copper telephone lines.

These copper cables aren’t as good at transporting data, so it results in a lower overall speed for your internet.

What do FTTC and FTTP mean in broadband terms?

FTTP = Fibre to the Premises

FTTP stands for Fibre to the Premises, which means the fibre optic cable reaches all the way to your home or business instead of just to the cabinet.

This means that no copper telephone lines are being used anywhere in the connection, making for significantly faster internet speed.

FTTP is currently available very exclusively – only the smaller ’boutique’ broadband firms like Gigaclear and Hyperoptic can offer it.

FTTP has a maximum speed of 1000 megabits or 1Gbps (one gigabit) per second. That’s over 10 times faster than the best FTTC connections.

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Samuel Newman is a consumer journalist and blogger based in Sheffield.

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