Fibre Optic Broadband: FTTP and FTTC Explained

Sometimes it can seem that the telecomms industry is more obsessed with acronyms than most industries, even in the context of the tech world. If you don't know your FTTPs from your FTTCs then don't worry; you are definitely not alone. Hopefully, after reading this, you'll have a better understanding of two of the major types of Fibre Optic connection. 

FTTC: Fibre to the Cabinet

We'll start with FTTC. This stands for Fibre to the Cabinet; a connection established by running fibre optic cables to an on-street cabinet (grey or green double-doored equipment houses for active and passive broadband) and then connecting the business to the cabinet with copper wire.  

This solution is essentially a way around the incredibly high cost of fibre optic cables by creating a hybrid connection with more economical copper wire. This connection also features something called DLM (acronym number three) or Dynamic Line Management, an automated troubleshooter. DLM has the double-task of keeping your connection 'up' and ensuring that it remains fast/high quality. DLM's troubleshooting duties could lead to a short-term slump in the speed you receive but it doesn't often need to step in.

FTTP: Fibre to the Premises

The other Fibre solution you might have heard of is FTTP (Fibre to the Premises), sometimes referred to as FTTH (Fibre to the Home). FTTP connections are often the ones people get excited about because they are solely Fibre Optic cabled connections from the provider to your premises. Given that this is a de-mystifying exercise, we won't get into the ins and outs of how Fibre Optic works but, long explanation short, data is sent over the fibre at precise intervals by a laser. The reason people get excited about a purely-fibre connection is that millions of pieces of data can be sent every second and a high speed connection is therefore part and parcel of FTTP. 

There are pros and cons to each type of connection and it is important to note that sometimes there may not always be a choice between the two depending on your budget and what type of infrastructure has been installed in your area. 


Speed: While both connections are classified as high-speed, FTTP is the faster of the two. 

Expense: Because it uses copper wire in a hybrid connection, FTTC is by far the cheaper of the two. 

Availability: FTTC can be found and installed easily to most locations. FTTP is typically only available for businesses. 

Future-proof: FTTP can be added to as and when and is considered the only future-proof solution of the two. 

At Halo we offer a range of Internet Access options including Fibre Optic offerings and FTTP and FTTC as well as undertaking extended project work. If you would like to talk with one of our team about your broadband options or cabling your site then please don't hesitate to get in touch