Fiber Infrastructure: FTTP, FTTH, FTTC, FTTX

Fiber Infrastructure: FTTP, FTTH, FTTC, FTTX

    What Do We Need to Know About Fiber Infrastructure?

    FTTP, FTTH, FTTC, and FTTX all refer to different types of fiber optic cabling. Fiber optic cables encapsulate tiny strands of glass which help to create a more streamlined and speedier internet connection. Compared to traditional copper cable wires, there’s more room for signal traffic. When it comes to picking your method of connectivity, it may be confusing with all of the different options available. So, how do you know which one to go with?


    FTTH stands for fiber-to-the-home, which is basically the same as FTTP (fiber-to-the-premises). They both refer to a fiber optic cable that runs directly from an Internet Service Provider (ISP) to a home or business location. Since this connection goes directly to individual residences, FTTH and FTTP offer a higher bandwidth, although, it can be expensive to install in some areas. Some carriers will install fiber optics as a selling feature in new developments.


    FTTC stands for fiber-to-the-curb. However, contrary to the name, it doesn’t refer to a home’s concrete curb. It’s the pole or box that houses the mounted communications device. They’re the gray or green cabinets on the street that house active and passive broadband equipment. From that point, coaxial cables send the signal to the actual home. With this blend of a traditional copper wire cable and fiber optic cable, bandwidth can be lost during this delivery, but FTTC can serve several customers within 1,000 feet.


    FTTX refers to all types of fiber infrastructure, including fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP), fiber-to-the-curb (FTTC), and fiber-to-the-node (FTTN). The “X” in FFTX represents a particular name or object, such as ‘home’ or ‘cabinet’. It is used within the local loop, meaning the last section of the provider’s network that spans between the end-user premises and the edge of the carrier network. It delivers broadband connections to homes, businesses, and organizations all around the world. A lot of the legacy copper-based networks are being replaced with FTTX systems due to the benefits in speed and capacity that comes with fiber optic cabling.

    In comparing fiber infrastructure, both FTTC and FTTP promise high speeds, although FTTP’s complete fiber optic connection allows for much higher speeds than FTTC. They are both faster than conventional ADSL copper. FTTP can reach speeds of up to 330 Mb/s, while FTTC can only reach speeds of 76 Mb/s.

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