Wired Internet

What methods of wired internet are available?

There are three common methods of wired internet connection are ADSL, FTTC, and FTTP— each offering unique advantages tailored to different needs and circumstances:



ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line)

Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) is a type of digital communication technology that enables high-speed data transmission over traditional copper telephone lines.


FTTC (Fiber to the Cabinet)

FTTC is a type of fibre optic internet connection where fibre cables run from the exchange to the street cabinet, and then copper cables carry the signal from the cabinet to the premises.


FTTP (Fiber to the Premises)

FTTP involves running fibre optic cables directly from the exchange to the user's premises, offering a complete fibre optic connection.



The Key Differences..







Uses existing copper telephone lines

Utilises fibre-optic cables to the street cabinet, then copper for the last mile

Utilises fibre-optic cables directly to the premises


Typically offers lower speeds, up to 24 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload

Higher speeds, up to 80 Mbps download and 20 Mbps upload

Highest speeds, can exceed 1 Gbps download and upload

Distance Limitation

Performance degrades with distance from the exchange, shorter distances offer better speeds

Performance degrades with distance from the street cabinet, shorter distances offer better speeds

No distance limitation, consistent speeds regardless of distance from exchange or cabinet


Susceptible to interference and performance degradation due to distance and line quality

More reliable than ADSL, less susceptible to interference, but still affected by copper cable quality

Highly reliable, less susceptible to interference or signal degradation


Easy installation, requires only a DSL modem and existing phone line

Requires installation of fibre to the street cabinet, then connection to existing copper lines

Requires installation of fibre-optic cables directly to the premises


Widely available, even in rural areas

Available in many urban and suburban areas, less common in rural areas

Less widely available, typically found in urban areas or new developments


Relatively low cost due to widespread availability and use of existing infrastructure

Moderate cost, higher than ADSL due to infrastructure upgrades

Higher initial cost due to fibre installation, but long-term cost may be lower


Asymmetric speeds, typically faster download than upload

Asymmetric speeds, typically faster download than upload

Can offer symmetric speeds, with upload and download speeds being equal


Limited future-proofing due to slower speeds and reliance on aging copper infrastructure

Moderate future-proofing, offers higher speeds but still relies on copper for last mile

High future-proofing, capable of supporting extremely high speeds and emerging technologies


ADSL is ideal for basic internet usage in areas with limited infrastructure.

FTTC provides a balance of higher speeds and wider availability, making it a cost-effective upgrade from ADSL.

FTTP offers the highest speeds and reliability, making it the best choice for bandwidth-intensive applications and future-proofing.




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