What is Fibre to the Premises (FTTP)?
FTTP stands for Fibre To The Premises, it is faster, more reliable and more secure than any other form of broadband and therefore is the best fibre that you can currently get on the market. Unlike FTTC, FTTP is a direct connection to the local exchange rather than being connected to one of the green cabinets that are located on the streets.
FTTC (Fibre To The Cabinet) by comparison provides fibre to the local BT cabinet, but copper from the cabinet to premises, which has a detrimental impact on the speed. Copper also deteriorates over time and is prone to weather damage which can affect the quality of the service.
There are several bandwidth options available that we provide on FTTP, these range from 80mb to 350mb. The fastest connection that can be reached with FTTP is 1GBps (1000Mbps) although currently we don’t provide that speed at present.
Why would FTTP be good for my business?
Speed – The alternative option for a fibre connection is FTTC. Although it is cheaper, the fastest FTTC can reach is 80 Mbps, whereas FTTP is currently at 350mb and has the capability in the future to reach 1Gps. Improvements in technology means that as broadband speeds increase, the ability to reach those speeds through FTTP is already there.
Cost – When you look at the difference in cost from FTTC and FTTP in comparison to the benefits then it is actually well worth that extra bit of spend. FTTP is also a lot cheaper than an ethernet lease line. This is because with a lease line you are the sole user of that bandwidth but with FTTP you will, at some point, share that connection with other users. This reduces the cost but can have an effect on the maximum speed that is guaranteed with a lease line. Make no mistake however, FTTP is still ridiculously quick!
Data – Due to how quickly FTTP can handle large amounts of data it is really useful for medium to large businesses that have lots of simultaneous users. As well as this, businesses that rely on transferring a lot of high volume data quickly and securely can really feel the benefit with an FTTP connection.
Where is FTTP Available
FTTP is not available everywhere. You can use our availability checker to find out what is available at your premises – https://cloudandfibre.co.uk/broadband-availability-checker/.
It is important to understand that FTTP users can only receive FTTP since they are connected directly to the local BT exchange. FTTC users cannot receive FTTP because there are not directly connected the the BT Exchange. FTTC users can check if they can receive GFast FTTC by using the checker above.
Can I get FTTP now?
Yes. FTTP is available at several locations around the country. Use our availability checker to find out more or alternatively give us a call on 0161 260 0196.