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What’s the difference between 80Mb Broadband FTTC and FTTP broadband and why it matters to you?

Telecommunications terminology doesn’t have to be confusing or overwhelming. When looking for high quality internet connections, you might come across these two abbreviations. If you want superfast fibre optic broadband then these two will crop up often. But what do they mean? And is there much difference between them? In short, both are great for homes and business but each have their own pros and cons which we will explore later.

Both Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) and Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) – also sometimes called Fibre to the Home (FTTH)

In this blog we will explain everything you need to know about these two types of internet connection and highlight their differences to enable you to make an informed decision about getting the next best deal from your Internet Service Provider.

What is 1Gb Broadband FTTP?

Fibre to the Premises (FTTC) is currently the fastest broadband out there. It’s ultrafast and used by the likes of BT Infinity and Virgin Media to provide homes and businesses with the fastest speeds in the UK.

Fibre to the Premises means exactly that. Your ISP runs fibre optic cable from your local exchange to the cabinet down the road and directly to your home and router. This is a massive upgrade over the old copper wiring used between the exchange and homes.

What is 80Mb Broadband FTTC?

Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) is slower than FTTP because fibre optic cable is only installed as far as your local cabinet.  From the local to homes and businesses, traditional copper wiring is used to provide internet service.

Because copper wiring is already used for traditional landlines, it is the most common form of connection to UK households and businesses and is more widely available than FTTP.

The connection might be slower but you can still expect decent speeds of up to 80mb broadband in certain areas.

80Mb Broadband

So what is the best fibre broadband for you? Let’s have a look at the pros and cons of each to find out how you can benefit.

Pros and cons of FTTP connections

Pros

  • Extremely fast broadband connections – up to 1GB/s with capacity to be even faster.
  • Multiple users can be be streaming, gaming and working at the same time without connect issues
  • No phone line rental is required

Cons

  • Very limited availability but demand and availability is growing
  • Slightly higher install costs due to requiring brand new infrastructure

Pros and cons of FTTC connections

Pros

  • Reasonably good download speeds, particularly for homes.
  • Excellent coverage in the UK, more than 90% of premises (both homes and businesses) can get some sort of FTTC package.
  • Affordable internet packages with some ISP’s offering deals for as little as £10
  • FTTC uses existing infrastructure and telephone lines so engineering work isn’t required.

Cons

  • Top speeds (80Mb Broadband) pale in comparison to FTTP.
  • Upload speeds are limited.
  • Speed impacted by the length of the copper line from the cabinet.
  • Less reliable – again impacted by length of copper line and environmental issues

What’s next?

Both FTTC and FTTP have their own pros and cons. Both are capable of supporting SIP and VoIP phone systems. If your business deals with large files on a daily basis, use a Cloud Phone System or you have a large household with lots of demand for streaming and gaming, then an FTTP connection will be perfect.

For smaller businesses or small households, the cheaper and less reliable FTTC connection will meet your needs.

There are many factors to consider when choosing a connection so plan ahead carefully.

Still unsure about what type of internet connection you need? Contact Statcom Telecoms for advice and consultation on your requirements. With 36 years experience in the telecoms industry, Statcom Telecoms are a staple of excellence when it comes to all logistic and infrastructure solutions. 
Telephone 01905 761290 or email us to get a quote now.