FTTC

What is FTTC?

FTTC stands for Fibre to the Cabinet, which is the type of broadband most of us use. It is slowly being superseded by the much faster FTTP (Fibre to the Property), or ‘full fibre’ broadband.

What's the difference between FTTC and FTTP?

If you have an FTTC connection, broadband is carried at extremely high speeds down fibre-optic cables from your supplier to the cabinet at the end of your street. From there, copper cables carry the signal to your home.

With FTTP, the copper cable is replaced with fibre-optic cable, meaning the signal passes only along the fast fibre-optic cable, allowing for much faster upload and download speeds.

Is FTTC slow?

Not at all. You can achieve speeds of up to 80 Mbps on FTTC broadband, which is plenty for most households today. However full fibre broadband offers speeds of up to 900 Mbps, future-proofing your home as more and more devices are linked to broadband services.
 

Diagram showing difference between FTTC and FTTP