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FTTP Availability

Is your current broadband solution too slow? If your connection isn’t meeting your needs, upgrading to a better internet circuit is a priority.

Upgrading to FTTP is necessary if you want superfast speeds for your business. Unfortunately, FTTP isn’t available to every business, as it is a relatively new type of connection that isn’t available in all areas.

FTTP Availability: Is FTTP available to your business?

FTTP availability is still limited, as it is a relatively new internet circuit. We can perform a free, no-obligation internet circuit availability check for your business and advise you on your connection options.

Are you wondering which internet circuit you need for your business? We can advise you on which internet circuit you need to satisfy the requirements of your business. If you want a free of charge consultation, book today by filling in the form below.

What is FTTP?

FTTP stands for fibre to the premises. Fibre to the premises is a superfast broadband solution that utilises fibre to establish a connection between the local exchange and your property.

Fibre to the premises differs from fibre to the cabinet, as the copper wire infrastructure is removed from this circuit entirely. Instead, data moves solely over fibre optic cables. This is beneficial for many reasons, such as faster speeds and a lower contention ratio.

FTTP uses the internet service provider’s fibre infrastructure to transport data from locations across the UK to your local distribution point (for example, a roadside cabinet). From the roadside cabinet, a fibre line goes into your property to complete the connection.

What’s the difference between FTTC, FTTP and ADSL?

There are distinct differences between ADSL, FTTC and FTTP that you have to know of.

ADSL

Copper is used to establish an ADSL connection. Copper transports data from the network to your premises. The utilisation of copper is the main drawback of the DSL service. The longer the length of the copper line, the slower the speeds that are achievable with this internet circuit. Even before you consider the length of the line, copper transports data slowly as it is.

FTTC

FTTC was a solution created to combat the main problem with DSL circuits: the distance that data is transported over a copper line. To establish a FTTC connection, a fibre line carries data from the network to the local distribution point (the roadside cabinet). To complete the connection, data travels over copper to reach your business.

FTTC typically offers significantly faster speeds than ADSL as fibre makes up much of the circuit. Data only travels over a copper line for a small distance, meaning higher speeds are achieved.

Unfortunately, FTTC doesn’t guarantee good speeds for your business. If you are a great distance from the local distribution point, you will suffer from poor data transfer rates as data has to travel on copper wiring for a longer period. The longer the copper wire, the slower the speeds your circuit can achieve.

FTTP

FTTP is a full fibre connection, with copper removed from the circuit altogether. The copper ‘last mile’ (the line connecting your property and the local distribution point) is replaced with fibre, removing the bandwidth bottleneck that occurs when copper is used.

By using only fibre lines, FTTP circuits are Gigabit capable and can achieve very high speeds depending on factors such as contention. If you need a circuit capable of offering superfast speeds for your business, FTTP is the circuit to go for. Or, if you need a dedicated, uncontended solution, a leased line is the circuit you need to look at.

FTTP versus a leased line

Fibre to the premises broadband and leased lines both offer superfast speeds, so what are the differences between the two circuits?

Speed: A fibre to the premises circuit has a speed limit of up to 1Gbps, but most providers offer speeds of up to 330Mbps. A leased line offers complete flexibility when it comes to speeds; you can choose 10Gbps if your business requires those speeds. It is worth noting that leased line speeds are guaranteed, unlike FTTP. The speeds you choose are what you get with a leased line internet circuit, which isn’t the case with FTTP because of contention.

Contention: While FTTP is gigabit-capable, you may still struggle for bandwidth due to contention. Other businesses in the area will share the line you’re using, meaning you will have to share the bandwidth with others. Ultimately, this means that you are highly unlikely to experience the ‘up to’ speeds of 1Gbps. A leased line is a line dedicated for your use, meaning the connection is yours and yours alone. If you choose a leased line for your business, you will have guaranteed speeds at all times, and won’t suffer drops in speed as your connection is uncontended.

Price: A leased line has several massive benefits that make it the only option for bandwidth-hungry businesses. However, if you don’t require superfast, uncontended internet, there is debate over which circuit you should choose. A leased line inevitably costs a bit more than FTTP. However, that little extra cost is more than worth it for most businesses, benefits considered.

FTTP Availability: Find out if FTTP is available to you now

Fill your details into the form below now to find out if FTTP is available to your business. We’ll perform a free check and inform you of which internet circuits are available to your business.