What is FTTP broadband?
Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) is the next generation Single Order (SO) broadband service offering unparalleled high bandwidths and stability to meet the digital demands for both business and residential users. It uses future-proof technology of full fibre cabling and light technology to transfer data at high speeds from the local exchange all the way to the customer’s premises.
FTTP is a Single Order broadband solution that does not require a WLR connection, allowing you to connect IP services such as VoIP and other Over-The-Top (OTT) services, as you embrace the connectivity-first digital future.
FTTP offers download speeds of up to 1Gbps, enabling users to perform multiple online activities, on multiple devices, all at once, without experiencing slowdowns. It is also the most reliable broadband technology available.
User demand is set to rise as Openreach increase the rollout of full-fibre technology across the UK over the next five years. Whilst services like ADSL have enabled access to online content for over two decades, these solutions come with their fair share of problems. This is mostly due to the unreliability of using copper technology, which ultimately impacts the broadband performance.
To put the speed into context, ADSL offers a maximum speed of 20Mbps while FTTC offers speeds of up to 80Mbps, meaning FTTP is more than 12 times as fast as FTTC and 50 times faster than ADSL. But speed isn’t everything.
FTTP offers much lower latency than other technologies, making it the ideal underlying connectivity solution for the future of voice communications, IP telephony.
Openreach are currently rolling out full fibre connectivity across the UK, with 3.5 million premises already able to access FTTP and a goal to reach 4.5 million by March 2021. Although availability is currently quite low compared to FTTC, which is available to 16.6 million premises, it’s important to remember that FTTP is the future-proof option to see you through the 2025 switch off of the PSTN.
The PSTN Switch Off is 2025!
FTTP is the future -proof broadband solution. Having a full fibre connection to your premises will mean you won’t need to upgrade your broadband connection again; it is the best of the best. It will be a massive benefit to your business, as well as your customers.
Legacy broadband technology is built on top of the phone line, meaning to connect to the internet users always needed a landline, whether they used it or not. WLR is costly, especially if you’re not using the phone, it requires regular upkeep due to the copper technology used, resulting in more downtime for broadband users.
When you switch to SO full fibre broadband you no longer rely on WLR to keep you connected. Instead, voice becomes the OTT solution, so you don’t have to pay for it if you’re not using it.
Ultimately, everyone. As previously mentioned, the withdrawal of the PSTN due to the degradation and interference on copper lines means that everyone needs to move to a SO solution that doesn’t rely on the PSTN by 2025.
By getting ahead of the game and embracing FTTP you can increase business productivity with the future of connectivity, today. When we think of business broadband, we often think of office buildings with rows of desks, hundreds of people connecting to the internet, but broadband is needed for so much more than that. It is needed by businesses who operate outside of offices and desktops. FTTP
will be a game changer for industries such as manufacturing, distribution, logistics and security. It will provide higher bandwidth, increase reliability and lower latency, enabling it to process high volumes of data much quicker than other broadband services, optimising productivity and efficiency for businesses.