Fiber to the Node (FTTN) vs Fiber to the Premises (FTTP)

As our internet usage trends continue to depend more on reliable high-speed bandwidth, the uptake of fibre optic is increasing. Fibre optic is made of strands of glass, providing users with a much more efficient service with bandwidth far better than conventional copper cables. However, you should know the different configurations available when purchasing this service.

There are two types of fibre cable connection. There is the Fibre to the Node (FTTN) connection and Fibre to the premise connection. These forms of connection differ in the form of connection they have. The difference in connections between these two approaches to fibre cable connection results in several advantages and disadvantages.


Fiber to the Node (FTTN)

Fibre to the node, commonly abbreviated as FTTN, is one option of cable communication service provisions offered to multiple destinations. This form of communication helps to provide a broadband connection in addition to other data services through a common network box. The common network box is called the node, thus the fibre to the node connection. The fibre to the node connection is sometimes referred to as the fibre to the neighbourhood.

Fibre to the Node does not allow direct connection to the premises. It involves various cables coming together to the box, which is the node. The node brings together various cables to the common connection. The common connection then acts as the distribution centre for all the cables that come into it and directs them to the various premises. Sometimes, one cable enters the box and distributes the data through the box, which acts as the distribution point. The FTTN connection is referred to as the fibre to the neighbourhood, because one fibre cable brings the fibre connection within the neighbourhood from which it is distributed within the neighbourhood. This form of connection comes with advantages and disadvantages.



Fiber to the Premises (FTTP)

Fibre to the premises is also called fibre to the home. It is the installation of optical fibres from a central point, usually the service provider, to an individual building, such as place of residence, business premise, or apartment building. The approach to access of data excludes as intermediary between the premise and the central source point. The access to stream of data through fibre is not controlled by any external agent.




FTTP is faster than FTTN and allows the user to access more products than one would have ordinarily accessed with FTTN. FTTN is cost-efficient compared to FTTP, and it is easy to repair compared to FTTP. However, FTTP is the modern approach to data connection. The future of communication lies with FTTP; it may be costly, but it offers the needed speeds for ordinary telecommunication operations in modern life.

Ultimately, your projected need for data will determine what serves you best. However, FTTP can do everything FTTN offers. This means you have more options with FTTP compared to FTTN. Other than the incurred cost of installation and supply, FTTP remains the better option of the two.