FTTP stands for fibre to the premises. This is a next generation business IP access technology. FTTP uses fibre to connect the core network of the service provider .e.g. BT all the way through the local exchange to the customer termination point. GEA over FTTP (generic ethernet access over FTTP) is a business class product backed by service level guarantees and fix times.
Instead of using copper between the local exchange/cabinet and the installation site, fibre is used end to end. The majo change is the use of a fibre connection between the local cabinet and the installation premises. This means FTTc can offer very high capacity speeds to it's users.
Potentially FTTP has unlimited bandwidth capability, only being limited by the capability of the electronic equipment lighting the fibre. Today FTTP speeds are being offered of up to 330Mb. The upload and download speeds are the same, they are symmetrical. The bandwidth speed is offered at 1:1 contention.
GEA over FTTP uses one fibre. Back up is available using a second fibre or copper line. The service is not provided over diverse ducting. This means if the duct is cut the service (potentially both fibre and copper) will fail.
GEA over FTTP is available to over 85% of UK businesses. You can check if your business can receive GEA over FTTP by checking using the Amvia checker on this page.
GEA over FTTP does offer uncontended 1:1 bandwidth. This means there is no sharing bandwidth with other companies. Businesses can rely on the fact that the speed ordered will be the continuous speed achieved. There is no cap on the data transferred over the circuit each month. The service is truly unlimited and there are no fair usage policies.
Enhanced support is provided on these services. Although the fix time is not as good as with a premium leased line 7 hours vs 4 hours. There is still a 24 x 7 x 365 support service. So you can report a fault as soon as it occurs and minimise downtime.
Although not as strong as a fibre leased line SLA, GEA over FTTP services are backed by significant service guarantees. The guarantees cover features such as speed and availability. Unlike a leased line SLA, jitter, latency and packet loss are not usually included in a GEA over FTTP SLA.
The service can be installed in 45 days or less. The lead time is usually around 50% of a fibre leased line install lead time. This is because the service is utilising existing copper infrastructure.
Fibre to the Premises services operate on the same upload speed as download speed. This is called a symmetrical bandwidth connection. There are several benefits of this symmetry: If remote users are accessing HQ hosted applications and content. They can download and access these much faster. FTP and other remote web services have a far higher performance. It is quick to send and upload large files. Speeds are available up to 330Mbps.
Static IP addresses are required for you to operate certain services. For example, you own email server, remote worker VPN, self hosted web servers. Usually you receive a block of 4 static IP addresses. If you have a requirement for more static IP addresses then this can usually be accommodated. A RIPE justification for IP addresses is usually required.
Because the service uses existing duct infrastructure, the availability is widespread. The main determining factor as to whether you can get access is not the availability of fibre. It is the availability of access technology at your local exchange from either BT or an LLU provider.
Most providers provide an online web portal specific to your service. This can show you uptime statistics, usage of the connection over time and much more. Often this service also allows you to raise a support ticket and handle any moves and changes.
Is GEA over FTTP a good compromise between ADSL and a leased line?
FTTP is a much better product for businesses than DSL. DSL is a best endeavours product. This means speed is the best the provider can try to deliver, no commitment. Uptime is the best the provider can try to deliver, no commitment. If your business relies on internet access then FTTP has a 9 hour fix SLA and 24 x 7 x 365 support.
What is the upload/download difference for FTTP?
The service is symmetrical. This means if you order 100Mbps you will receive 100Mbps upload and 100Mbps download. Similarly if you order 200Mbps you will get 200Mbps up and 200Mbps down.
Is FTTP better then EFM or GEA?
It depends entirely on your requirements. What is suitable for one business may not be suitable for another. Amvia have experts on hand to help you make the right decision.
Is it possible my installation may encounter time delays during installation, and if so how does this typically affect the progress of an order?
It is possible. A new fibre cable will need to be installed to your premises. Delays and unforeseen issues are sometimes encountered. We will work with you to minimise such issues.
What is the maximum speed available?
Most businesses should receive the speed they demand. This is because an all optical fibre service does not face the same limitations as a copper/fibre service. Theoretically at the moment the maximum speed any business can receive is 330Mbps. The chances are FTTP is available at your business premises. To make sure use this FTTP availability checker.
Is fibre to the premises suitable for VoIP?
Yes, actually it is ideal to support VoIP applications. The circuit and bandwidth is dedicated to you. This means you can rely on the bandwidth availability you need to successfully run VoIP applications. If you select a provider which can enable QoS. You will be able to partition dedicated bandwidth to phone calls. This will enable you to guarantee call quality.
How much is FTTP?
GEA FTTP connection/set-up charges higher than FTTC and EFM because BT have to lay a brand new fibre optic cable from the premises to the local cabinet. This is how the service connects to the BT network. A fixed £500 one-off installation fee will apply to all orders. In addition there is a distance-based construction charge. This is a variable charge determined by your distance from the nearest NGA Aggregation Node. Virtually all FTTP customers will need to pay £1,400 – £3,500. Monthly rental for FTTP ranges from £50-500/month.
How many static IP addresses do you get?
The number of IPs you need depends on your usage. IP addresses come in blocks of 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128 etc. You will need a dedicated IP address for each bit of hardware (e.g. router, firewall, webserver) or web services that will require a dedicated IP address. Most providers give a standard block of 4 or 8 IPs as part of the service. Requests for IP blocks larger than 8 will require a RIPE application to justify the block size.