What is the difference between FTTC and FTTP?

FTTC – fibre to the cabinet – is a broadband connection which would typically utilise the green cabinets you’ll have seen on paths. This type of fibre broadband is delivered to the cabinet over fibre optic cables which, unlike copper cables, transmit information using light rather than electrical signals – delivering data at rates thousands of times faster than copper cables.


The remaining distance to your home is covered by slower, copper cables – which can significantly reduce your broadband’s top speed. 


Meanwhile FTTP – fibre to the premises – delivers a fibre broadband connection not only as far as the cabinet, but across the entire distance to your home.



So what are the benefits of FTTP?

  • High-Speed Internet: FTTP offers some of the fastest internet speeds available, significantly faster than traditional broadband through copper lines. This allows users to download and upload data at speeds that can exceed 1 Gbps (gigabit per second).
  • Reliable Connection: Fiber-optic cables are less susceptible to interference and signal degradation over long distances compared to copper cables. This means FTTP connections are often more reliable, with less downtime and fewer issues related to physical cable degradation.
  • Symmetric Speed: Unlike other types of connections that often have much slower upload speeds compared to download speeds, FTTP usually offers symmetric speeds, meaning that upload speeds are as fast as download speeds. This is particularly important for uploading large files, video conferencing, and online gaming.
  • Future Proofing: Fiber-optic cables are more future-proof than copper cables. They have the capacity to handle increases in data consumption over time without requiring significant hardware upgrades.
  • Better Latency: FTTP generally provides lower latency, which means there is a shorter delay between sending a request and receiving a response during an internet transaction. This is beneficial for online gaming, video calls, and real-time data processing.



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