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.

Samuel Newman author picture

By:

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

News What's the story?

Keep up with the latest developments in UK broadband.

Half a million homes without 10 Mbps broadband

Over 570,000 premises lack the basics for Universal Service Obligation.

Half a million homes without 10 Mbps broadbandHalf a million homes without 10 Mbps broadband Read more

The next generation of streaming technology is here

Read more

New study shows UK 5G is the slowest in the world

The fastest wireless broadband just isn't fast enough.

Read more

Openreach change lanes and abandon G.fast

All current plans for G.fast deployment are officially under review.

Read more

Help Learn with us

Make the most of the internet with our broadband library.

Dealing with bad behaviour online

Dealing with bad behaviour onlineDealing with bad behaviour online Read more

Ways to reduce domestic data usage

Read more

Moving House? How to sort out your broadband

Follow our guide to move broadband to a new address without all the stress!

Read more
Back To Top