FTTP vs FTTC

Feb 16, 2022

Choosing the best fibre broadband package can be difficult when there are so many different options available. You should pick a provider that offers internet speeds to support your online activities but at the same time, you don't want to waste money on superfast broadband if you don't need it.

To help you choose the best broadband package, we are going to tell you everything you need to know about the two main types of fibre broadband connection: FTTP and FTTC.

What is Fibre Broadband?

Fibre broadband is a type of high-speed broadband that uses fibre optic cables made from glass or plastic rather than standard copper cables. This means that it can transfer data faster and more efficiently than traditional broadband like ADSL and cable.

Fibre offers a faster and more reliable internet connection than standard broadband and is quickly becoming the most popular type of broadband in the UK.

How does Fibre Work?

Fibre broadband transfers data using a network of fibre optic cables that can transfer data at the speed of light over greater distances. This increases download speeds and makes your internet connection more reliable.

There are two main types of fibre broadband connection: FTTP and FTTC. These two broadband connections have similarities, but there are some key differences that you should be aware of.

We will look at FTTC and FTTP in more detail below and discuss whether or not now is a good time to upgrade from one to the other, assuming this is possible in your area.

What is FTTC?

FTTC stands for Fibre To The Cabinet and is also known as superfast broadband. It is the most common of the two types of fibre connection and delivers internet via fibre optic cables that run between the telephone exchange and the phone cabinet on your street.

Standard copper cables then connect the phone cabinet to your home. This is the way that most providers deliver fibre broadband.

What is FTTP?

FTTP stands for Fibre To The Premises. Unlike with FTTC, the fibre cables are connected directly to your home or business premises and no copper cables are used. This means that FTTP broadband can offer ultrafast broadband speeds of up to 1000Mbps.

Comparing FTTC and FTTP

Deciding whether FTTC or FTTP broadband is best for your home or business can be confusing. To help you make the right decision, here are the pros and cons of each fibre broadband connection type.

Pros of FTTC broadband

Cons of FTTC broadband

  • Upload speeds can be slow.
  • Internet speeds are affected by the length of the copper line from the telephone cabinet.
  • No way near as fast as FTTP broadband.

Pros of FTTP broadband

  • Superfast internet speeds of 1000Mbps or more.
  • Much faster upload speeds (usually the same as download speeds).
  • Doesn't require phone line rental.

Cons of FTTP broadband

  • More expensive than FTTC broadband.
  • Availability is currently very limited.
  • May be unnecessary if you don't require superfast upload and download speeds.

Which is Best for Your Business?

If you're looking for a faster internet connection, you're probably best served by either FTTP or FTTC broadband, but choosing the right one can be difficult.

Many businesses have to support multiple employees all connected to the internet at once and most companies transfer large amounts of data as part of their daily operations.

FTTC may be sufficient for your commercial requirements and there are lots of affordable internet packages available. However, you may decide to invest in FTTP broadband if it is available in your area. Currently, less than 30% of properties can access FTTP services, but this number is increasing as full-fibre becomes more widespread across the UK.

FTTP broadband will offer much faster upload and download speeds, enabling your employees to complete their work tasks more efficiently. FTTP broadband will be especially beneficial if your business operates across multiple sites or your staff require remote access to files and other online collaboration tools.

Get in Touch with Netomnia

Get in touch with the broadband experts at Netomnia if you would like to discuss which internet connection is best for your home or business. We will guide you through the different options and let you know what high-speed broadband packages are available in your local area.