Want the speediest, most reliable broadband you can get? It doesn’t get much better than an FTTP, or full-fibre, connection. Find out if it’s available in your area with our FTTP checker above – or read on to find out more about fibre-to-the-premises broadband.
What does FTTP mean?
FTTP stands for fibre-to-the-premises. So what does that mean?
The most widely available fibre optic broadband in the UK is fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC). That means the line uses fibre optic technology from the exchange to your local street cabinet – then the line between the cabinet and your home is the classic copper phone line.
With FTTP, aka full fibre broadband, the entire line is fibre optic all the way – right from the exchange to your home.
Because fibre optic cables transfer information so much more efficiently than copper ones, FTTC gives you an all-round better broadband connection. It’s faster, more reliable, and there’s much less lag.
The downside is that it can be much more expensive, and it isn’t nearly as widely available as FTTC broadband right now.
Read more in our guide: What’s the difference between FTTC and FTTP?
How do I check if I can get FTTP in my area?
It’s easy: just enter your postcode above, and we’ll show you any FTTP packages available in your area from the providers we work with.
And if there’s nothing in your area just yet, we’ll show you everything else. So you can find the fastest broadband available and the best package for you.
What speeds will I get with FTTP broadband?
This depends on the providers and what they offer in your area.
Generally speaking, though, FTTP broadband in the UK can offer download speeds up to 1Gbps (1,000Mbps).
For comparison, most standard FTTC broadband is usually only available in speeds up to around 75Mbps. Virgin Media, which uses coaxial cables between the cabinet and your home, offers speeds up to 362Mbps (rising to 1,130Mbps in select areas).
What companies offer FTTP (full fibre) broadband?
Many companies offer FTTP broadband, including:
The exact providers available to you is based on your region. Some providers’ full-fibre networks aren’t rolled out everywhere, and others only operate in certain areas of the country. For instance, Community Fibre only operates in London.
Who is the best FTTP broadband provider?
This is hard to say, as it depends on what you’re looking for from your package.
If you have a need for speed, the best choice may be a provider like Hyperoptic or Community Fibre, who offer broadband up to 1Gbps.
For the best value, pick an FTTP provider focused on low prices, such as Trooli or Gigaclear.
Or, you might prefer the reliability of a big company – in which case BT, EE, Sky, or Vodafone are all good calls. Sky also has the benefit of an impressive customer service record, according to recent Ofcom reports.
When is full fibre broadband coming to my area?
If you live in a large town or city, it could be sooner than you think.
Openreach is currently rolling out full-fibre broadband across various areas of the country, which can be used by providers such as BT and Sky. See the Openreach website for more information.
Meanwhile, most independent FTTP providers let you register your interest if you’d like their services in your postcode. If a particular provider has taken your fancy (and it operates in your area of the country), you can head to their website and register.
How is FTTP broadband installed?
Installing FTTP broadband can be a little more complex than FTTC broadband.
For standard FTTC connections, the lines are usually already in place, so installation is as simple as an engineer hooking up a cable.
But for FTTP connections, lines may need to be installed from scratch – in particular, the one connecting your home to the street. An engineer will likely need to install a cable up to your front door and into your home, and run wiring through walls so a router can be connected.
Overall, a regular FTTP installation can take around two hours.
This can vary by provider, though. Some larger ones have more extensive networks in place, making installation easy – while others may need to spend the whole morning laying reams of cable.
How much does it cost to install FTTP broadband?
Installation costs depend on the provider.
Many are happy to install your service for free. Others, particularly those with independent networks, charge a fee, which can be anywhere from £10 to £60.
In some cases, if your home is especially difficult to connect or requires a lot of cable work, the provider may charge additional setup fees on top of that.
Do I need a landline for FTTP broadband?
No, you don’t. Because FTTP broadband is delivered through separate cables, there’s no need to have a landline.
Of course, nearly every FTTP provider lets you bundle in an optional landline service if you want it. It costs an extra monthly fee, and may also include the option of inclusive calls.
Do I need a router with FTTP broadband?
Yes. FTTP broadband connects up to your home via a box on your wall, which then connects to a router. You can then access the internet on your devices by hooking them up to the router – just as with any other type of broadband.
The good news is that all broadband providers include a router when you sign up to a package. You won’t need to source one on your own (though you can, if you really want to).
Does an FTTP connection increase house value?
It’s not definitive, but studies hint that the answer is yes – a fast, reliable broadband connection makes a property more attractive to buyers.