What’s the difference between FTTC, FTTP & Fibre?


What is it?

FTTC connects the exchange to the cabinet with fibre optic cables and connects the cabinet to the premise with copper cabling. The speeds you can achieve depend on how near to the cabinet you are but there is much lower contention than ADSL because there are more cabinets available.

What is it used for?

FTTC offers a robust internet connection suitable for school set up. It is suitable for cloud working and for remote working across different sites.

What hardware is required?

We provide sites with a Cisco router to enable their connection. This is sent directly to your site for easy install.


What is it?

FTTP, also known as full fibre, connects the exchange to the premise with fibre optic cables. Unlike FTTC, there is no copper cabling so the speed you get is not affected by the length of the cabling, giving you a reliable and robust connection.

What is it used for?

FTTP is suitable for cloud working, remote working and VoIP as well as all the usual browsing and streaming.

How do I know if I can get FTTP in my area?

We can let you know if FTTP is already available in your area. If you can’t get full fibre in your area yet, you can take an FTTC connection and then upgrade without penalty during your contract if FTTP comes to your area.


What is it?

A fibre optic leased line, also known as fibre, is a dedicated line from the exchange directly to your site. It is a private connection, so you don’t have to share the bandwidth and you’ll benefit from reliably high speeds. Fibre optic leased lines are symmetrical, which means the upload and download speed are the same.

What is it used for?

Fibre optic leased lines are ideal for cloud working and file sharing, as well as remote working across multiple sites and VoIP. They are flexible too so you can upgrade your bandwidth to meet the needs of your school.

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