The Connecting Cambridgeshire programme is using a range of solutions to roll out superfast broadband to as many homes and businesses as possible that would not be able to access it otherwise.
Technologies being used to deliver superfast broadband include Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) and Fibre to the Premise (FTTP). Both will deliver speeds of 24Mbps and higher.
You can choose the speed package to suit your needs and budget. Go to our Getting Superfast page to find out what you can get and how to upgrade.
Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC)
Most of the superfast broadband rollout has been delivered through Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC), using fibre optic cables from the telephone exchange to a new green street cabinet and then existing copper wires to connect to the property.
Where properties are too far away from the fibre cabinet to get superfast speeds using FTTC, the solution has been to build a new fibre cabinet closer to them, using copper rearrangement to move the existing broadband connection so boost speeds.
Fibre to the Premise (FTTP)
Increasingly, newer Fibre to the Premise (FTTP) technology is being used to connect harder to reach areas; using fibre optic cable running directly from the telephone exchange to the property, either via underground ducts or overhead cables on telegraph poles.
FTTP is capable of faster speeds of up to up to 300Mbps (download) so is more future proof, however you can use it for lower speed packages.
Installing FTTP is more complex than FTTC as it involves engineers bringing fibre into your property and connecting it up.
How to order FTTP
Not all Internet Service Providers offer FTTP services yet, although more will become available as the full fibre network expands. You can see a list of ISPs currently offering FTTP in your area using the Openreach postcode checker www.homeandbusiness.openreach.co.uk/fibre-broadband/
You pay for the speed package that you order, regardless of the technology. Higher speeds via FTTP may cost more, or you can order superfast speeds at the same prices as Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) customers.
Once you have placed an order, your chosen provider will arrange appointments for an engineer to install fibre to your property, which usually takes around 4 weeks to complete.
How is FTTP installed?
Installing FTTP is more complex as it involves an engineer bringing the fibre connection into your property in several stages:
- Survey or tests to assess the best way to bring fibre to your property from the nearest drop point and if additional work is needed. You need to attend this appointment.
- External work to bring the fibre cable to the outside of your property underground or overhead, and fit a small connection box to the outside wall. You do not need to be present, but be aware that your ‘phone line and alarm systems could go down briefly.
- Internal work to complete the fibre installation inside your property by fitting a fibre connection point in the most convenient place, close to a power source. You need to attend this appointment – allowing 2-4 hours for the engineer to complete the work.
- Connect the router supplied by your provider using ethernet cable or wifi.
This is also explained in a short Openreach video below
More information can be found under Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)