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What is full fibre/FTTH/FTTP?

Full fibre, FTTH and FTTP are one and the same thing. FTTH stands for Fibre to the Home, and FTTP stands for Fibre to the Premises.

FTTP is a more popular term and you’re likely to see this one being used than FTTH.

The most common way of describing this type of broadband is to call it “full fibre”.

So what is it?

It is a fibre broadband connection that uses only fibre-optic cables, that is not mixed with slower copper wiring, to deliver a broadband connection right into your home, and not via a green street cabinet.

This contrasts with the older technology of Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC), sold as “up to 38Mbps” or “up to 76Mbps. Fibre to the Cabinet does use a mix of fibre-optic cables and copper, and delivers home broadband through your closest green street cabinet.

Full fibre can produce speeds of up to 1,000Mbps – commonly called ‘gigabit broadband’ and written out like this: 1Gbps.

Speeds are ‘symmetric’, which means that you can get similar upload and download speeds.

By contrast, older technology like ADSL or Fibre to the Cabinet can only produce ‘asymmetric’ speeds, meaning that uploads are 10 times or more slower than downloads.

The two main companies who offer full fibre (or FTTP) broadband are Hyperoptic and Gigaclear.

These full fibre networks are still being built as we speak, so not everyone in the country will be able to get full fibre to their home just yet.

In fact only 2% of the population can get full fibre. More progress is expected throughout 2018 and into 2019.

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