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.
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.
|Coverage||About 95% UK||99% UK coverage|
|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 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.
|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|
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