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Fiber to the Premise (FTTP): Cost and Benefits


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What is FTTP?

Some of you may be thinking what is FTTP? Well FTTP (FTTP on demand) is basically a fibre wire that goes from the exchange point to your premises. Some of you may also be thinking, can I get FTTP? Check out our availability checker to see whether you can have a FTTP line or not. However, only about 3% of the UK can get it, the availability is sparse but many providers are working to make it more available across the UK. Many providers sell FTTP such as BT, Plusnet, Sky, and Zen.

One main advantage of FTTP is the speeds you can achieve. On FTTP you can get maximum speeds up to 1GB download and 220MB upload, but the speed you get does depend on how far away you are from the exchange point. The further away you are from the exchange, the lower the speed you’ll receive. Most FTTP providers have some sort of speed/distance calculator on their website, so just have a hunt around before committing to getting FTTP. You can pick what speed you’d like to receive, the lowest is 160MB upload and 30MB download, and the highest is 1GB upload and 220MB download. However, these speeds aren’t guaranteed. As it’s a shared connection, on downtime your internet will be significantly slower.

FTTP is not uncontended, even though it is similar to a leased line, it is ultimately classified as a type of broadband. But luckily you can add things to improve your service such as Enhanced Care or Critical Care. These care plans will cover you for line repairs if something goes wrong. Each package will have different terms so make sure to check them out before committing.

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FTTP Prices

The cost will vary from provider to provider. For the lower bandwidths you’d be looking at around £250 per year (around £20 per calendar month) and for the higher bandwidths you’d be looking at around £1000 per year (around £85 per calendar month). FTTP Installation cost depends on the length of the contract you take out. If you go for a 12-month contract then there will be installation costs, this cost will vary from different FTTP providers. But if you go for a 3-year contract, then normally the installation cost will be free.

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FTTP vs. Leased Lines

FTTP and a leased line may seem similar because they both have fibre wires coming from the exchange point to your premises, but FTTP is classed as a type of broadband. FTTP have speeds up to a maximum of 1GB, whereas leased lines have a maximum speed of 10GB. With speed in mind, FTTP would be more suited to companies that don’t need a bandwidth over 1GB. Whereas leased lines would be suited to larger companies who need more bandwidth for large transfers of data.

The contention ratio of leased lines is one-to-one, whereas with FTTP it isn’t one-to-one. This is because FTTP is a shared connection, and leased lines aren’t. Having this in mind, there will be downtime on FTTP lines, so if you need the maximum bandwidth 100% of the time, then leased lines are the one for you.

On FTTP lines, the SLA (Service Level Agreement) is weaker compared to the SLA on leased lines. With leased lines, you’ll have cover if your line goes down, along with many other benefits that come along with the SLA. Whereas FTTP lines SLA doesn’t include breakdown cover, this is something extra you’ll have to add.

FTTP vs. Leased Lines: Price Difference

The price difference between them is quite different. Leased Lines are 6 times more expensive than FTTP lines. But after all, this is expected because of the added benefits you get with a leased line.

The install times of FTTP and leased lines can vary. With FTTP it can take anywhere from 5 months to 10 months. Each provider will have a different install time, so best to check before committing. leased lines can take up to about 3 months to install. But the installation time can change depending on these factors:

  • If there is a current line there already
  • If there is a lot of ECC’s (excess construction charges)
  • How far you are from the exchange point

If there is a fibre line there already, then the installation time will be reduced dramatically. If there is ECC’s then this will prolong the installation time. For example, if the line needs to go through a train track, then a day and time will need to be set for the trains to stop running so the line can be laid. The last point is pretty obvious, the further you are from the exchange, the longer it will take for the line to be laid.

In conclusion, leased lines and FTTC are two completely different types that will serve different business needs. If you need one-to-one contention and no downtime, then leased lines are for you. If you don’t mind not having one-to-one contention and you’ll be okay with having downtime, then FTTP is for you.

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