Fixed Line Connectivity

The three different types of fixed line connectivity.

What is a fixed line?

The term 'fixed line connectivity' covers all forms of internet connectivity that use a physical line (whether that's a fibre optic connection or a copper line).

There are three main types of fixed line connections, these are:
• Fibre to the Premises (FTTP)
• Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC)
• Full copper (ADSL)

What do fixed lines do?

Fixed lines deliver data connectivity to premises across the UK, providing them with an internet connection. Fixed lines make up the UK's broadband network, and are built by Openreach.

Almost every premises in the UK has some form of fixed line. Most businesses use their fixed line to access the internet, but more and more are taking advantage of SIP & VoIP. SIP uses this same line to make and receive telephone calls as well as access the internet.

Fibre to the Premises (FTTP)

Fibre to the premises uses a fibre optic cable that runs from the telephone exchange, directly to your premises - offering one of the fastest form of internet connections.

Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC)

Fibre to the cabinet uses fibre optic cable from the telephone exchange to the green street cabinet. Then, a copper wire connects the cabinet to your premises.

Full copper line (ADSL)

Full copper (ADSL) uses a copper cable to deliver your connection. ADSL runs a copper cable from the exchange to the cabinet and then from the cabinet to the premises. This is the slowest form of connectivity.

Which should I choose?

Fixed line connectivity can be daunting. When presented with so many different options, it is important to consider what your business requirements are.

Because of the forthcoming ISDN Switch Off, we would typically advise against investing in 'full copper'. For some, this may be unavoidable.

When deciding the best option for your business, you should ask yourself the following questions:

How fast does my broadband need to be?
How reliable does my broadband need to be?
Do I suffer at peak times?
Will I be using a significant amount of bandwidth?

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