What are FTTC and FTTP, and what’s the difference?

FTTC and FTTP are the two primary methods for the delivery of broadband into a business premise or home.

FTTC, short for Fibre to the Cabinet, as the name suggests, means that internet is distributed through the “cabinet” which you will find on your street. The connection has two levels: Firstly, high speed fibre-optic cable runs from the internet service provider through to the cabinet; from the cabinet to the home or premises, normal copper wires are used.

With FTTP, the acronym for Fibre to the Premise, instead of having two pit-stops, it is a direct line from the Independent Service Provider straight into the premises, all on pure fibre-optic cabling.

With the physical aspect covered, what are the main differences between the two?

Speed: FTTP can do “faster”

The FTTH (Fibre to the Home) Council have advised that FTTP connections are the only technology that will be equipped to deal with the projected growth in demand for internet usage over the next decade. Increased demand for data, especially on a business level, will push traditional connections to their limit. Recent studies have predicted that there will be a need for around 165 Mbps download speed by as early as 2020. FTTP is only method capable of delivering.

Upgrades: FTTP is future proof

FTTP is thought to be the internet most equipped to upgrade in future. Instead of costly renovations and digging up roads with FTTC, any additions and upgraded capacity required on the FTTP system would simply be added onto the existing system.

Resilience: FTTP can withstand the elements

Fibre optic cabling does not conduct electricity, therefore they are not as vulnerable to atmospheric conditions. For premises with a heavy outdoors element this makes FTTP a great solution as there is less exposure in terms of connection being harmed by water or chemicals.

The numerous benefits of FTTP leave us with a slight conundrum: What then is the point of FTTC?

FTTC, despite being behind FTTP in terms of speed and future-proofing, is still a vast improvement on previous ADSL connections. A single FTTC can deliver up to 80 Mbps for uploads in perfect circumstances, which is still a solid connection. The average home in the UK, or in the business world, a small shop, requires an estimated 40 Mbps to run all the applications, and FTTC will be more than capable of meeting these requirements.

Price-wise, FTTC is generally a cheaper alternative to FTTP.

If you would like to know more about FTTP and FTTC, and ensure you have the best solution for your business, just get in touch!

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