What Is FTTP Broadband?

We’ve all heard about the benefits of fibre optic, but what is FTTP broadband? What does FTTP mean? And how do you know which type of connection you have?

If you’ve had a contract with an Internet Service Provider at any time in the last few years, it’s likely you’ll have been sold a fibre internet connection. However, unless your connection is FTTP, you could still be experiencing less than ideal internet speeds. But what is FTTP broadband, you ask?

FTTP broadband is currently the fastest, most stable internet connection widely available in the UK. We’re here to explain what FTTP broadband is.

We’ll also cover fibre to the premises speed, to help you determine if it’s the right option for you.

What Does FTTP mean?

FTTP stands for fibre to the premise. This means that your internet connection uses fast fibre cable at all stages of the connection; from the internet exchange, to the green network cabinet on your street, and finally to your home.

This makes FTTP what is known as a true full fibre broadband connection.

In the recent past, Internet Service Providers have been allowed to sell products as “full fibre” despite using old, ineffective copper wire at certain points of the connection.

This has caused a bit of confusion, leading customers to believe that they already have a full fibre broadband connection – despite still having poor connectivity at home.

This usually means that they have FTTC (Fibre to The Cabinet) not FTTP – more on that later!

Fibre to the Premises Speed 

Fibre to the premises speed will vary from provider to provider. However, an FTTP connection should be able to supply ultra-fast gigabit-capable download speeds of up to 1gbps. This is enough for you to comfortably use multiple devices (I.e., a combination of laptops, games consoles, smart home devices and mobile phones) within your home without experiencing issues. An added benefit of fibre to the premises speeds is that their upload speeds are usually equal to their download speeds. This means you’ll be able to upload large files, such as photo albums and videos, far more quickly than with an old copper connection.  A diagram explaining an FTTP connection.

FTTP is a complete fibre optic connection, from the exchange then all the way to your home. This type of connection will provide you with the highest speeds.

Alternatives: So, What Is FTTC? 

The most common type of internet connection in the UK, FTTC stands for Fibre to The Cabinet.  This means that, although there is a fibre optic connection running from the internet exchange to the green cabinet in your street, the actual cable connecting your home to the internet is a slow traditional copper line. These copper lines were not built with the internet in mind. Their use drastically affects the internet speeds that you are able to achieve in your home. FTTC connections are what most big-name Internet Service Providers sell to households.  A diagram demonstrating an FTTC connection.

FTTC is only a partial fibre optic connectionThis means the connection from the cabinet to your home is using a traditional copper connection. This slows down your broadband connection.

Switching from FTTC to FTTP

Full-fibre broadband has been at the forefront of the news in recent months and gigabit-capable connectivity is now being rolled out throughout the UK.  Depending on where you live, you may be able to upgrade your broadband connection from FTTC  to FTTP Broadband. Find out if you can switch today by visiting our FTTP product page. The government’s aim is to roll out a gigabit-capable broadband network by the end of 2025 – See the full story hereThis is to ensure that homes and businesses across the UK don’t get left behind on slow FTTC connections. So, if your home does not currently qualify for FTTP or full-fibre broadband now – it will do soon.

Find out more

Enjoyed our brief guide on what is FTTP broadband? If you would like to find out more, contact the FACTCO team today! We’ll be more than happy to help you understand what connectivity you currently have and how you can improve it. Contact us by calling 0333 305 7560 or emailing hello@factco.co.uk

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