Why are you rolling out Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) instead of Fibre to the Premises (FTTP)?

We are fortunate that 96% of premises are within 1Km of their local street cabinet so by focussing on delivering Fibre to the Cabinet (FttC), we can meet our strategic objectives in the most efficient manner possible, to ensure the greatest level of coverage for the available funding.

FTTP is not appropriate in every location. We need to be mindful of the costs of installation and under the contract there is a cost cap per premise, so FTTP can only be used where this cost cap will not be breached. Also, whilst we could connect a few communities using FTTP, we can connect a lot more and get the overall fibre network much further by using cabinet technologies. Since the over-riding principle of the project is to take the fibre as far as possible, FTTP will only be used in exceptional circumstances.

Finally, FTTP should not be confused with Fibre on Demand (FoD), which BT announced some time ago in parts of Leamington, Southam and Kenilworth. This service is outside the remit of our project, so if you live in one of these areas you and want to find out about this, you should go to BT or your ISP to find out more.

Unless you live in an area that is to be covered by Fibre to the Premise, or Fibre on Demand, then the only other way to get fibre right to your door is to buy a commercial Private Leased Line, however the installation costs can run into tens of thousands of £s, and the ongoing rental costs are considerably higher than for other services.


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