High Speed Fibre Broadband
In addition to high speed 24Mbps DSL, Datanet also offers fibre connectivity with speeds of up to 80Mbps. 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. However, in recent years BT has introduced FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) by replacing the copper wire from the exchange to the cabinet with fibre, resulting in increased speeds of up to 80Mbps downstream and 20Mbps upstream speeds making FTTC the broadband connection of choice for most businesses.
FTTC continues to be rolled out across the UK but is not available in all areas. To find out if you can get FTTC please call us on 01252 810010.
Installation of the FTTC services
There are 2 options when it comes to installation of FTTC as follows:
Option 1: Self-Install
The BT engineer does not attend the premises, only the roadside cabinet. The end user fits microfilters to all extensions and provides their own VDSL modem or modem/router.
Option 2: Self-Install and Engineer Visit
The BT engineer attends the premises to uplift any wiring, including fitting a service specific faceplate to separate the telephony and DSL signals to different ports on the socket, but the end user still provides their own VDSL modem or modem/router.
It is important to note that whichever install option you choose, the VDSL device used must have passed BT’s modem conformance testing to SIN 498. SIN 498 is the specification defining BT’s VDSL2 service requirements to which the VDSL devices must conform. You can purchase an approved router from Datanet or you may choose to provide an alternative device yourself. Please note that failure to use an approved device may result in BT refusing to support your FTTC service.
Which Install is right for you?
You will need to decide which install option meets your needs and we have listed below some pros and cons to help you to make up your mind:
|Self-Install||Lower cost FTTC installation.||An engineer will not be able to diagnose problems at the premises on connection.|
|No requirement for an engineer visit at your premises, so no issues arranging appointments.||Using microfilters rather than a service specific faceplate could impact achievable upstream and downstream speeds.|
|You will have to connect a modem/router yourself.|
|Self-Install and Engineer Visit||Connecting to master socket via engineer fitted service specific faceplate ensures speeds are the best they can be for that connection.||Requirement to arrange engineer visit to your premises.|
|Microfilters are not required.||Higher cost of installation than previously.|
|Engineer can diagnose problems on-site.||If modem/router not available on site on the day of the engineer visit, the engineer could walk away.|
|Engineer can connect modem/routing device if supplied in advance.|
What about Fibre to the Premises?
As the name suggests, Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) uses fibre all the way to your premises rather than stopping at the cabinet like FTTC. With the whole journey from exchange to premises over fibre, FTTP can support speeds of up to 330Mbps downstream/30Mbps upstream. Datanet offers 2 speed options for FTTP which mirror our FTTC options, ie 80Mbps downstream/20Mbps upstream or 40Mbps downstream/10Mbps upstream.
FTTP is not widely available with only approximately 100,000 UK premises having FTTP available to them and the likelihood is that BT will only deploy it at new sites where copper does not currently exist, or in some areas, on-demand.
FTTP on Demand is only available as 330Mbps download/30Mbps upstream service and is not a service that Datanet currently provides.