Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC)

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Increase your basic broadband

National Coverage

Widely available to UK homes and businesses.

Superfast

Utilise fibre broadband to get download speeds of up to 80Mbps.

Cost-Effective

Uses existing copper lines so is less expensive to install.

What is Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC)?

FTTC is where a fibre cable is delivered from the local exchange to the green street cabinet. A copper line, a standard phone line (PSTN), connects the green street cabinet to the customer’s premise to provide broadband.

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Will FTTC be impacted by the PSTN closure?

Yes. FTTC broadband will be impacted as there is no underlying WLR telephone service to support the broadband. BT Openreach are well underway on its fibre network and a full stop-sell of new PSTN services in 2023. Single Order Generic Ethernet Access (SoGEA) is the FTTC replacement.

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The Benefits

Excellent coverage

Download speeds of 80Mbps

Uses existing telephone lines

Less expensive to install compared to FTTP

The Disadvantages

Upload speeds are limited

Runs on copper line

PSTN switch off requires everyone to switch to an IP network

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Yes, FTTC Broadband will be impacted as there is no underlying WLR telephone service to support the broadband.

Everyone will have to switch to fibre; SoGEA or FTTP Broadband.

SoGEA and FTTC are very similar. SoGEA is essentially FTTC but without voice services. FTTP is a full fibre broadband connection.

All services linked to a phone line will be disconnected. Customers will need to move to an IP-based application. For information on providing a voice service over SoGEA visit SoGEA Voice.

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