With new options of Superfast Broadband being launched in the UK, the jargon list is getting longer, but in the guide below we cover what is FTTC, FTTP and G.Fast, and which is best for your home or business?
What is Fibre Broadband?
Fibre is generally known as "superfast broadband", it was a major upgrade from the ADSL broadband days, but it also now comes in different flavours with names like FTTC, FTTP and G.Fast. Basically fibre broadband uses fibre optic cables to carry the data instead of copper cables of the original ADSL broadband.
Most people refer to fibre broadband as FTTC, fibre to the cabinet. These are the green telephone cabinets you see on the road sides around the UK. From there you still need a phone line and the final leg of the journey is done over copper wires to your premisis.
With speeds upto 80 mbps for download and 20 mbps upload it was a huge improvement on the old ADSL broadband where speeds were generaly 8 mbps download and 1 mbps upload.
Whats is FTTP?
FTTP means Fibre to the Premise, so no need for the old copper phone line anymore. You can get speeds of upto 330 mbps download and 30 mbps upload currently. Though this is expected to increase to 1 gbps download and 220 mbps upload very soon.
These speeds quoted are accurate as its fibre cable all the way from the telephone exchange to your house or business. In fact we installed recently a FTTP connection to a business in a rural part of Hertfordshire where the maximum speed using a FTTC connection was 10 mbps download and 2 mbps upload. Now they have 330 mbps download and 30 mbps upload, a huge improvement!
FTTP is the future for broadband in the UK, and is a very cost effective solution for homes and businesses to get super fast broadband without having to use a leased line.
OpenReach are rolling this out across the country, but its still very new so not generally available as yet.
What is G.Fast?
Another term that is not very well know is G.Fast, this was being rolled out across the UK, but now has been superceeded by FTTP, so OpenReach are now just investing in FTTP roll out from what we know.
But what is G.Fast? this technology uses the same fibre to the cabinet (so like FTTC) and then a copper phone line to your premisis. However G.Fast can reach speeds of upto 330 mbps download like FTTP. But we are back to upto speeds again, as we cant guarentee what speed someone will get.
Sounds great though as no new cables needed to be put into your premisis. However it was found that you had to be quite close to the exchange/cabinet to benefit from these new higher speeds. Also OpenReach have to enable it in your area, so if it is available and the FTTP option is not this is a great way to get faster speeds using your current phone line.
What is best for my business or home?
This depends on many factors, including do you need to run VOIP telephones, are you streaming or uploading lots of data. At OBN we can assist in finding out whats best and more importantly whats available in your area.
To find out more please speak to one of the team, or fill in the form below and we will get in touch with you.