Connectivity

FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet)


FTTC is a method of delivering very high speed broadband to businesses and homes by shortening the distance the connection travels on the copper line. This is achieved by installing 'street DSLAMs' which act like a mini exchange close to the business or home. The connection between these Street DSLAMs and the telephone exchange is fibre (hence Fibre to the Cabinet). The remainder of the distance between the street DSLAM and the customer premises is copper, but the copper distance is short enough to use VDSL (Very-high-bitrate digital subscriber line) technology which has a maximum theoretical upload speed of 10Mbps and a download speed of 40Mbps. Gconnect supply 4 different FTTC products.

 

Product
Max
Upload
Max
Download
BT
Monthly
Cap
Monthly
Price
FTTC Home
2Mbps
40Mbps
Yes!
10GB
£30.50
FTTC Home
2Mbps
40Mbps
Yes!
40GB
£39.00
FTTC Business
10Mbps
40Mbps
Yes!
50GB
£72.00
FTTC Business
10Mbps
40Mbps
Yes!
100GB
£93.00

 

FTTC Business and Home Accounts


Gconnect's FTTC business accounts have an upload speed of up 10Mbps and a download speed of up to 40Mbps. The business accounts also have an elevated data throughput rate. The FTTC home accounts have up to 2Mbps upload and 40Mbps download but with a standard data throughput rate.

Will the old ADSL router work with FTTC?


When the FTTC product is installed, the BT engineer will visit the premises to install a VDSL modem into which the user needs to plug an Ethernet router capable of PPPoE. Our tests indicate that Draytek routers with dual WAN capability work well such as the 2820. We have also tested Cisco routers with dual Ethernet ports successfully. When selecting a new router for a brand new installation (rather than upgrading and existing DSL line), it is not necessary to use an ADSL router or a router with VDSL capabilities, a standard Ethernet router will suffice.

Areas with FTTC Availability


FTTC is not widely available yet, exchanges are being enabled during 2010, 2011 and beyond, however just because the exchange is enabled does not mean that any premises on that exchange can use FTTC. Only when the exchange is enabled and the street DSLAM has been installed can the service be provisioned. If you would like information about enabled exchanges and the rollout programme, please call Gconnect on 01282 560 486 or click the links below:

FTTC Current Exchanges

FTTC Exchanges to be enabled by December 2010

FTTC Exchanges to be enabled by March 2011

Next Steps


If you are interested in FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) please call our sales team to discuss options and availability on 01282 560 486.


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