Technology changes and develops so fast now and our expectations and need for faster connectivity have heightened demand. It can sometimes be a postcode lottery as to the speed you have access to but what are the options out there and what do they all mean?
This is seen as the ultimate solution by some and would mean that things like streaming and downloading from the internet would happen at record speed. Currently though there is only a small percentage of the UK who can access this.
Fibre To The Premises (FTTP) is possibly the most commonly known term and works by using a fibre optic cable as the delivery system to provide Internet access directly from the service provider (ISP) to a user or group of users. As with most things that are the ‘best’ they are usually the most expensive and FTTP is no exception and is one of the main reasons it is not more widely available. Digging up roads to install the fibre optic cabling costs a huge amount of money so doesn’t currently give the best financial return.
There always needs to be a plan B and Fibre To The Cabinet (FTTC) is just that. It isn’t as fast as FTTP but it’s a lot cheaper, easier to deliver and accessible by a greater proportion of the country.
It utilises the existing broadband infrastructure with a fibre optic connection running from the core network to the local exchange then to a street cabinet. The final connection from the cabinet to your home or office building - known as the ‘Last Mile’ but not always specifically a mile - is delivered via a copper wire and it is this distance which will ultimately determine the upload / download speed.
Sometimes a plan C is right around the corner and G.fast is the new technology on the block expected to offer superior speeds to those of FTTC. Although it still won’t beat FTTP it could come a close second delivering faster internet speeds than FTTC and can be implemented more efficiently and on a larger scale.
G.fast again uses existing infrastructure to connect to the street cabinet and copper wire for the final ‘Last Mile’ but the difference is it uses a different frequency over the last stage meaning 330Mbps downstream is achievable and 50Mbps upstream.
If you need a hand finding the right solution for your business and deciphering all the jargon then give us a shout and we can talk you through the options, our team love to talk techy but won’t baffle you with acronyms!