Understanding the terminology
There are several types of fibre optic connections and they are all named ‘Fibre to the X’ indicating the way in which the fibre connection has been made. They all use superior fibre connections but have some subtle differences. Here are the main acronyms you will encounter.
1. Fibre to the Node (FTTN)
The fibre optic cable runs directly to a node within your home or office building. Thereafter, the internet is supplied through existing cables – usually copper.
2. Fibre to the Curb (FTTC)
The fibre optic cable runs to a location that is very close to your home or office building (‘the curb’). From there, the connection between the curb and your property will be made using existing copper cables.
3. Fibre to the Building (FTTB)
This is the most direct fibre connection available whereby the fibre optic cable extends directly into your home or office building.
4. Fibre to the Home (FTTH)
As with FTTB, the fibre optic connection will run directly into your building but this term refers specifically to a residential rather than a commercial connection.2. Equipment for fibre
• FTTB requires a Router (CPE) that will provide a direct connection to your LAN. A Network Terminating Unit (NTU) connects directly to the fibre optic cable installed inside the building.
• FTTH requires a modem/router that will connect directly to the fibre optic network terminator (ONT). The ONT is connected to a wall mounted fibre termination box (ATB).
3. Fibre cost
FTTB and FTTH installation costs are significantly different. Most internet service providers will charge a flat activation fee and service costs. The biggest difference is the speed tier you choose as this will impact the price. Obviously the faster the speed, the more you will pay.
4. Long-term considerationsWhichever fibre option you select, you can be assured of increased internet speeds and a much more reliable connection overall.
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