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FTTC – what you need to know.

BT Openreach will invest £2.5bn between 2010 and 2015 in the roll out of Fibre Optic Broadband across the UK.  With 10 million homes and businesses having fibre broadband available by 2012.  The aim for 2015 will be around 16 million premises to have Fibre broadband, approximately two-thirds of the UK population.


75% of the available Fibre broadband will be Fibre to the cabinet (FTTC), with speeds of “up to 76Mbps”, and upload speeds of “up to 19mbps”.  The remainder will receive Fibre to the premises (FTTP) which will support even faster speeds.


Fibre-to-the-Cabinet broadband uses fibre optic cable from the local telephone exchange to connect to the nearest street side cabinet which serves your property. This reduces the length of the copper wire to your premises to a maximum of 50m.  The copper wire was the source of slow broadband speeds.  This was because of the length of the cable and the data which was lost due to the distance.  Fibre with its latest technology reduces the data lost. BT Openreach will usually install a new cabinet adjacent to or near the existing ‘green cabinet’ which serves your phone line.


Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) runs over a fibre optic cable from the telephone exchange, all the way to inside your property. The fibre from the exchange is normally terminated on the outside wall of a home or business, and a short fibre lead run inside to the fibre modem, which then offers an Ethernet connection to a broadband router.  FTTP will give you the best results for you business broadband.


If you want to know if Fibre broadband is available for your business, why not call 08447 767 564, we are always happy to help – alternatively, you can start a live chat with a member of our team by visiting www.lacomms.com.