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What’s the difference between FTTC, ADSL AND FTTP?
November 14th, 2022
Categories: Broadband

The two main alternatives to FTTC broadband are ADSL and FTTP. Below, we compare FTTC with both to help you understand the differences and which option might be best for your business.

FTTC is a broadband connection called Fibre to the Cabinet and connects homes and businesses to fibre optic broadband via copper cables. Speeds will dependent on distance from the exchange and can be a very cost-effective option for small to medium-sized businesses.

What is the difference between FTTC and ADSL?

ADSL stands for Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line and runs over copper wires over existing telephone lines. It’s popular for home broadband as it’s reliable, but it can also be used for small businesses that don’t require super-fast speeds.

Comparing FTTC ADSL
Coverage About 95% UK 99% UK coverage
Type Fibre optic Asymmetric
Speed Up to 80Mbps Up to 24Mbps
Pricing Very cost-effective Very cost-effective
Distance Speeds can be affected by BT exchange distance Speeds can be affected by BT exchange distance

Although the maximum speeds for FTTC are much higher than ADSL, both depend on distance from the exchange, with FTTC speeds dropping by around 2-3 km, while ADSL drops by around 5-6 km.

When choosing your type of broadband, it’s a good idea to check your location and speeds for both types of broadband before making any decisions about which line will best suit your needs.

What’s the difference between FTTC and FTTP?

What is the difference between FTTC and FTTP? FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) broadband uses the latest fibre optic technology to deliver super fast broadband speeds to multiple devices operating at the same time.

FTTP takes advantage of fibre on premises, so speeds can be faster; however, this is still a controversial service, so speeds will vary based on the number of users in the area.

Comparing FTTC FTTP
Coverage About 95% UK +- 600,000 premises
Type Fibre optic Fibre optic
Speed Up to 80Mbps Up to 1Gbps
Pricing Very cost-effective Premium pricing for fast speeds
Distance Speeds can be affected by BT exchange distance Unaffected

Which one is right for you?

This will always be a choice based on a combination of availability, speed requirements, and your budget. We can discuss the best options for your business, based on your situation and specific needs. To discuss FTTC, ADSL or FTTP, please call us on 020 7471 3270


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