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FTTC

FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) is the acronym for BT's current programme to bring higher speed broadband connections to an increasing number of businesses and homes.

In essence, this means laying fibre-optic cable from BT Exchanges to the (green) street-side terminal boxes from which individual connections are made to local premises.  Fibre-optic cable offers much higher transmission bandwidth and speed than copper wire, and so reduces the effective distance from exchange to premises whicc limits the achievable broadband speed.  FTTC services are likely to be sold as "up to 40Mbps".

BT's product name for their fibre service is BT Infinity, but other broadband providers will be offering their own higher speed services over the same network.

Further variations are FTTH (Fibre to the Home), FTTB (Fibre to the Buuilding) and FTTP (Fibre to the Premises), where fibre-optic cable is laid all the way to the user premises.  These services are more expensive than those based on FTTC but offer the highest posisble connection speeds.

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