FTTP: How Does It Work?

Aug 10, 2023

Fibre to the Premises – or FTTP as it is better known – is a broadband technology that involves the use of strictly fibre optic cables to pass data from the network exchange through to your home or business.

There are several reasons why using ultrafast, FTTP broadband is preferable for customers, but the most important reasons are that it is much faster and much more stable than other existing broadband services.

How Does FTTP Work?

FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) broadband is the best quality internet connection to your home or business currently available.

But how does it work?

It involves the use of fibre optic cables to transport data from the exchange to a distribution point in your area, and then using more fibre optic cables from the distribution point to you.

It is known as ‘full-fibre’ internet.

How Is This Different from Existing Broadband?

There are two common types of existing broadband – DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) and FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet).

DSL internet is the most basic type of broadband connection that is available. It uses copper cables to transmit electrical signals from the exchange to a street cabinet, and then across to the property.

This is the slowest form of internet connection, providing a maximum speed of 10 Mbps. It is susceptible to electromagnetic interference from heating systems which can affect performance.

DSL internet lines are not, however, adequate for the use of domestic customers or businesses in the modern day.

FTTC broadband provides internet services that use a combination of copper cable and fibre optic cable.

In this case, the fibre optic cable runs from the exchange to a local connection point, then copper cable to the home or business premises.

This can provide internet speeds of about 80 Mbps – significantly slower than the 10 Gbps that is provided by full-fibre FTTP internet.

Although FTTC internet is adequate for the needs of many domestic and business customers, we are beginning to see a need for a more reliable, higher speed internet such as FTTP.

Why Are FTTP Speeds Better?

One of the main differences between FTTP and FTTC internet is that FTTP uses strictly fibre optic cables to transfer data – whether it is uploading or downloading.

The fibre optic cables send light signals (as opposed to the electric signals), meaning that data can move at the speed of light, therefore making internet speeds much quicker.

Can I Switch To FTTP?

FTTP ultrafast broadband is the best type of internet that is available at the moment. It is important to be aware, however, that it is not available everywhere in the UK at the moment.

Here at Netomnia, we are aiming to roll out FTTP internet to a million premises by 2024.

We are concentrating on connecting the areas that need it the most with FTTP internet but are always looking to expand our ultrafast full-fibre network.

You can find out whether we are currently providing FTTP internet in your area by entering your postcode into our postcode checker. If we do not yet cover your area, you can register your interest here so that we can look to supply your area as soon as possible.

Make the Switch with Netomnia

If you are keen on having FTTP ultrafast broadband installed, the first step is to check whether we serve your address.

If we can serve your address, then great news! You'll be directed to go to our ISP partner and order a service as we are only a network builder!

If we can not yet connect your area, it may be coming soon. Be sure to register your details through our website, and you'll receive emails when you move through our build process.