Home » 

UK ISP News Archives

 » 
Sponsored Links

FTTC Superfast Broadband ISP Technology Could Reach Over 98% of UK Homes

Posted: 03rd Feb, 2012 By: MarkJ
fibre optic cable installuk mapA new study from consultancy firm Analysys Mason has suggested, theoretically, that a mix of band plan, vectoring and line bonding solutions could allow up to around 98-99% of UK homes and businesses to received superfast broadband ISP services via FTTC (e.g. BT-Infinity ) technology. In reality there are problems and many unknowns with this prediction but it might have some merit.

At present Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) works by delivering a fast fibre optic cable to street cabinets, while the remaining connection (between cabinets and homes) is done using VDSL2 (similar to existing ADSL broadband but faster over short distances) via existing copper cable.

BT already uses this solution to deliver download speeds of up to 40Mbps to 30% of UK homes and it plans to reach 66% of homes by 2014. BT has repeatedly said that the service could potentially reach 90% of the UK (i.e. roughly equal to its eventual 21CN coverage) if it gets the lion's share of public money, but we'll leave that often heated debate aside for today.

A "band plan" (increased spectrum allocation) related upgrade during this spring will boost FTTC's top download speed to 80Mbps (20Mbps uploads) and a similar upgrade in the future could push that to 100Mbps+.

uk fttc copper line coverage increase

According to Analysys Mason, adding pair-bonding (using one or more spare copper pairs [phone lines] to increase speeds) and vectoring (works to cancel out interference [crosstalk]) could make FTTC faster and available to about 8% of lines over and above those covered by the current band-plan changes.

Analysys Mason Statement

In the UK, the potential gains are significant, but smaller. BT has already publicly indicated that a combination of band-plan changes, vectoring and public funding could extend the reach of non-cable 50Mbps services to over three quarters of UK premises. Analysys Mason's Viewpoint report, which draws on our work for the UK's Broadband Stakeholder Group, calculates that about 8% of lines could be enabled for at least 30Mbps services over and above those covered by the band-plan changes.

In the real world, mathematical assumptions like this and actual deployments don't always meet up quite so precisely and usually sidestep other problems. For example, some premises would not have the necessary amount of copper pairs to benefit from bonding.

The assumptions about speed also forget that as FTTC performance rises, usually for those closest to their street cabinet, it falls for people who reside further away. Real-world performance is usually very poorly reflected by predictions of theoretical capability (i.e. expect to get a lot less).

Then you have the financial issue. Both vectoring and bonding in particular would cost more money and this in turn is likely to make them more expensive for consumers; in some cases prohibitively. On the other hand there are those who would be more than happy to pay double if it meant getting a superfast connection.

It's worth pointing out that we don't yet know the full details of how BT would, if it got the funds, reach that 90% figure. This could easily impact Analysys Mason's prediction so we're taking it all with a pinch of salt. Thanks to Ian Grant for pointing us towards the report.
Search ISP News
Search ISP Listings
Search ISP Reviews
 Latest UK ISP News
 Cheap BIG ISPs for 100Mbps+
Community Fibre UK ISP Logo
150Mbps
Gift: None
NOW UK ISP Logo
NOW £24.00
100Mbps
Gift: None
Virgin Media UK ISP Logo
Virgin Media £26.00
132Mbps
Gift: None
Vodafone UK ISP Logo
Vodafone £26.50 - 27.00
150Mbps
Gift: None
Zen Internet UK ISP Logo
Zen Internet £28.00 - 35.00
100Mbps
Gift: None
150,000+ Customers | View More ISPs
 Cheapest ISPs for 100Mbps+
Gigaclear UK ISP Logo
Gigaclear £17.00
200Mbps
Gift: None
BeFibre UK ISP Logo
BeFibre £19.00
150Mbps
Gift: None
Community Fibre UK ISP Logo
150Mbps
Gift: None
YouFibre UK ISP Logo
YouFibre £22.99
150Mbps
Gift: None
Hey! Broadband UK ISP Logo
150Mbps
Gift: None
Modest Availability | View More ISPs
Cheap BIG ISPs for 100Mbps+
Community Fibre UK ISP Logo
150Mbps
Gift: None
NOW UK ISP Logo
NOW £24.00
100Mbps
Gift: None
Virgin Media UK ISP Logo
Virgin Media £26.00
132Mbps
Gift: None
Vodafone UK ISP Logo
Vodafone £26.50 - 27.00
150Mbps
Gift: None
Zen Internet UK ISP Logo
Zen Internet £28.00 - 35.00
100Mbps
Gift: None
Large Availability | View All
Cheapest ISPs for 100Mbps+
Gigaclear UK ISP Logo
Gigaclear £17.00
200Mbps
Gift: None
BeFibre UK ISP Logo
BeFibre £19.00
150Mbps
Gift: None
Community Fibre UK ISP Logo
150Mbps
Gift: None
YouFibre UK ISP Logo
YouFibre £22.99
150Mbps
Gift: None
Hey! Broadband UK ISP Logo
150Mbps
Gift: None
Large Availability | View All
Sponsored Links
The Top 15 Category Tags
  1. FTTP (5727)
  2. BT (3575)
  3. Politics (2606)
  4. Openreach (2342)
  5. Business (2325)
  6. Building Digital UK (2278)
  7. FTTC (2061)
  8. Mobile Broadband (2047)
  9. Statistics (1830)
  10. 4G (1730)
  11. Virgin Media (1677)
  12. Ofcom Regulation (1500)
  13. Fibre Optic (1428)
  14. Wireless Internet (1420)
  15. FTTH (1383)
Sponsored

Copyright © 1999 to Present - ISPreview.co.uk - All Rights Reserved - Terms  ,  Privacy and Cookie Policy  ,  Links  ,  Website Rules