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Fibre To The Cabinet (FTTC)

KNL provide FTTC connections as your main Internet connection or as part of a resilient backup to leased lines

FTTC involves laying a fibre optic cable to the cabinet in (or near) your location, typically by BT and is often referred to as their “Infinity” product, however other suppliers have their versions available. FTTC allows them to offer much higher broadband speeds (both download and upload) than traditional broadband over your phone line, however this is a contended service which will afffect bandwidth.

This service is well suited for businesses on a budget but need a better than average connection but short of a leased line level of service

Although it may be advertised as available in your local exchange it is the local cabinet in the street that needs to be enabled as well, often leading to a road being split as to who can and who can’t access this relatively low cost solution.

FTTC is often called a business class product but it may not come with a service level guarantee –check before committing! If you are reliant on internet access for your business, consider other connections that have guaranteed service level agreements.

What bandwidth can I expect from fibre broadband? (FTTC)

The speed of your connection will vary depending on the distance to the fibre cabinet that serves your premises.
If you know roughly how far the cabinet is, you estimate the bandwidth you should receive based on the figures in the table below.

Distance to cabinet (metres)

Estimated downstream connection speed Estimated upstream connection speed
100m 100 Mbps 25 Mbps
150m 80 Mbps 20 Mbps
200m 65 Mbps 18 Mbps
300m 45 Mbps 17 Mbps
400m 42 Mbps 16 Mbps
500m 38 Mbps 15 Mbps
600m 35 Mbps 14 Mbps
700m 32 Mbps 11 Mbps
800m 28 Mbps 10 Mbps
900m 25 Mbps 9 Mbps
1000m 24 Mbps 8 Mbps
1250m 17 Mbps 5 Mbps
1500m 15 Mbps 4 Mbps


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