Why should I want FTTP?
- Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 May 2021 14:27
There are many reasons why you would want to replace your existing copper telephone cable with a Fibre Optic cable:
- Up to 1Gbit/s internet – fast enough to download an HD movie in 8 seconds
- Much more reliable than copper wires with a much faster connect time
- Cost per Megabit/s lower than for copper wires
- Ideal for families sharing an internet connection – multiple Netflix and YouTube streams, Working From Home, Online Lessons, Zoom Calls, etc.
- Can only be positive for House Prices. Fast internet is a deal breaker for many if not most purchasers.
The actual benefit will depend on your circumstances – but if you are happy with your current service and don’t believe that you need to upgrade, remember that it was not that long ago, in the early 2000s, that broadband internet first started with speeds of 500kbit/s and below. Very little that you do today could work at such a low speed. There will be no further upgrade possible for copper wires and to take advantage of future internet uses, you will need a fibre connection.
You do not want to be left in a broadband "not spot" as a result of there appearing to be insufficient demand for Full Fibre Broadband. Do not assume that wireless broadband is an alternative long term option. Wireless internet is a shared service and the speed available will decrease as the number of users of the same 4G/5G mast increases. While 5G promises high speed internet over short distances, it will nevertheless depend on Fibre Optic cables to link the base station to the exchange. Without an FTTP infrastructure there will be no high speed 5G services.
If you are left without Full Fibre (FTTP) broadband, then soon you will find that you cannot get an entertainment service you want or work from home in the way you want - and you can't easily sell your house and move elsewhere - at least not for the price you think you should get for it. Would you buy a house that nowadays didn't have a proper electricity or water supply? The same is now applying to broadband internet.
This Sunday Times article "So you thought your broadband was bad" is an interesting example of how bad it can get.
“The current pandemic has accelerated the need and feasibility of people working from home. This is only possible, of course, if a fast and reliable broadband connection is available. The number one question from property buyers this year is ‘what’s the internet connection like’. In the future, having a good connection, or not, is likely to be a major factor affecting both the speed of selling your home, and the price a buyer is willing to pay for it”.
Gordon Thoday of Hellards Estate Agents
If you still believe that you current broadband is good enough, you could easily be being "penny wise and pound foolish". Per Megabit, you are probably paying between 93p (30 Mbits/s) and £2.79 (10 Mbits/s). With FTTP you would be paying 48p per Megabit with BT Fibre 2 or 28p per Megabit with BT Fibre 100. If you had to reduce your house price because of poor broadband having turned down the upgrade to FTTP then - just do the maths.
See also - Guide for Rural Communities and FTTP
BT Openreach have also published a guide to FTTP.