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What are FTTC, FTTP and EFM?

Fibre To The Cabinet (FTTC), Fibre To The Premises (FTTP) and Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM)

FTTC is available through different Internet Service Providers (ISPs) but is widely known as BT Infinity the service delivered by BT.

The FTTC service uses existing optical broadband infrastructure through the local BT Exchange to a street cabinet. From there several connections split to deliver broadband to homes and properties over the existing copper lines whereas with FTTP the entire connection is made up of fibre optic lines.

FTTP is proposed to deliver 1Gbps connections but hasn’t been rolled out yet and is only available in some locations e.g. central London

FTTC & FTTP is the replacement technology for the current ADSL connections offering faster connection speeds but the download and upload speeds like ADSL are not symmetrical.

If your business needs to use VOIP, VPN and video with no loss of voice quality, buffering or other latency issues then a symmetrical connection like a Lease Line or Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) connection would be required.

Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) is a new technology that can deliver a high speed business-grade internet connection of up to 20Mbps.

Unlike traditional leased lines, which connect to the local exchange using fibre, EFM uses bundles of copper pairs meaning they’re faster to install and offer the benefits of lower costs and higher resilience.

EFM is perfect for business that require a symmetrical i.e. the same uploading and downloading data speeds.