With speeds racing up to 80Mb, Fibre to the Cabinet is here!
Visit any built up area and you will find dark green cabinets along the roadside. These cabinets have historically contained all the connections and communications equipment for your Internet and telephony connections. Datanet, in conjuction with BT is in the process of introducing their new Fibre To The Cabinet (FTTC) services. So, there will be additional cabinets appearing across the county which will house the fibre optic equipment needed to deliver these new services. This fibre will be replacing the copper-wire technology which exists between the exchange and the green cabinets. The result of this new technology means that FTTC could provide a massive (up to) 80Mb download and 20Mb upload speeds!
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In addition, Datanet is very excited about the development of Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) services – get ready for
(up to) 100Mb download speeds – so keep watching our website for further news on this!
When will I be able to get FTTC?
Our checker will be able to provide up to date information about FTTC availability on a regular basis – please visit our DSL checker.
Installation of the FTTC services
During the installation of the FTTC service, a BT engineer will fit a service specific front plate to the existing NTE5. A service specific face plate splits the delivery of telephony and DSL signals at the NTE5 (Network Terminating Equipment No.5), delivering each service to a separate port on the socket. This terminates the DSL signal at this point, meaning the signal is not received on any telephone extension sockets that may exist.
A VDSL2 modem will be supplied and connected to the data port of the service specific front plate. ADSL filters are not required in the End User’s premises as the Fibre to the Cabinet service is provided to the NTE5 (and data extension kit where the active NTE is to be sited more than 1.5m from the master socket, if provided), and not through to the telephony extensions. The active NTE must be within reach of a power supply, and must remain connected to the power and data port of the service specific front plate at all times. If the filters are not removed there should be no impact on either the telephony or the FTTC service.
As the FTTC service is delivered using a VDSL2 modem, you will require additional equipment to provide Network Address Translation (NAT) and firewalling. The device must be PPPOE (point to point protocol over ethernet) capable.
The service does support RFC4638 with baby jumbo frames to support 1,500 byte MTU (maximum transmission unit), but if your router/firewall does not provide this then an MTU of 1492 is the highest that can be used.
A suitable PPPOE device with full firewall and VPN capabilities would be a Juniper Netscreen SSG5. The wireless Zyxel NBG4604 FTTC (PPPOE) Router/Hub would also be suitable.
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