Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP)

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What is FTTP?

Fibre-to-the-Premises is an advanced fibre optic cable delivery method that provides internet access directly to a user from an internet service provider (ISP). FTTP promises super-fast broadband delivery directly into people’s homes and businesses. Instead of using an existing copper cable for the ‘last mile’ of access, it completely bypasses the copper, with a pure fibre optic cable connected all the way from the exchange to the promises.

Voice, video and data is delivered over the fibre via pulses of light, reaching speeds of 100Mpbs and more.


Benefits of FTTP

Fibre optic cables are designed to carry lights. Because this delivery method uses pulses of light (literally travelling at the speed of light), the speed and performance is unaffected by distance.

FTTP and FTTH (Fibre-to-the Home) are essentially the same things, but the term FTTP is used as an umbrella term which includes both non residential and residential premises, ‘homes’.


What is the difference between FTTC and FTTP?

Whilst FTTP is a pure fibre optic delivery method, FTTC is a blend of copper and fibre optic cables. FTTC uses fibre optic right up to the street cabinet, and then copper cable to connect the cabinet to the premises. Because of the cobber/fibre optic blend, FTTC is less expensive to install and is often used as an economical substitute to the rather expensive FTTP fibre optic solution.

Both FTTC and FTTP promise high speeds, and they are both faster than the conventional ADSL. However, because of the fibre optic delivery FTTP is much faster.

Although FTTC is less expensive to install, it was not built for the long term and its potential bandwidth is limited. FTTP on the other hand has been built to be expanded on and improved.

In terms of availability FTTC can be easily found for residential premises, while FTTP is typically only available for businesses.


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