What is FTTC?
FTTC stands for Fibre to the Cabinet. It is a connectivity technology that is based on a combination of fibre optic cable and copper cable. The fibre optic cable is in place from the local telephone exchange to a distribution point. From this distribution point a standard telephone line based on copper is then used to deliver the broadband connectivity.
Fibre Broadband uses fibre-optic cables which aren’t affected by interference and signal issues that are typically experienced by copper lines.
The other type of Fibre Broadband is Fibre-To-The-Premises (FTTP): This provides end-to-end fibre connection but is limited by distance to the nearest telephone exchange. Download and upload speeds can vary depending on the type you choose. Typically, you get faster download and upload speeds with FTTP.
A word about G Fast
G Fast is one of the latest broadband technologies. It is a copper based broadband services. Those who take advantage of G Fast can experience faster speeds that Fibre to the Cabinet (FFTC.) You can read more about G Fast technology here.
G Fast uses existing FTTC infrastructure such as the copper wires but a device is fitted into the fibre cabinet to alter the speed frequencies. The changes increase the speed through the copper cable which results in a more reliable broadband with ultrafast speeds. However, G Fast users are typically located no more than 500 metres from their local BT cabinet because a close range is needed...