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How can you use the latest FTTC fast broadband?

The latest fast broadband provides speeds of upto 40Mb download and 10Mb upload. These speeds could drastically change the way that businesses work and how home users interact with the internet.

A fast broadband connection, using FTTC, is cost effective at little more than most people pay for standard ADSL.

What services can I now use with FTTC  Fast Broadband?

Once you have the new super fast broadband in place a host of new applications become real options for businesses. The applications below are just a few examples of what you can do with a fast broadband connection. The new FTTC Fast Broadband connections could also change the way that we work, being able to work from anywhere being a real option.

Fast Broadband and Online Backup

The massive increase in upload speeds means that services like Online Backup become a real option for Small Business. Previously the upload speed of a typical ADSL line was around 0.5Mb, so the increases to either 2Mb or 10Mb with an FTTC services, like BT Infinity, mean that for a lot of businesses online backup services will be upto 20 times quicker. Even at 4 times quicker, with the 2Mb upload throughput, Online backup is now a serious option for a lot of businesss.

Fast Broadband and Cloud Services

Cloud Services for applications like document management now become a real option for Small Businesses. The increase in upload speed makes scanning and storing documents in the cloud, with cloud services like Microsoft Office 365 (Formerly BPOS). The massive increase in download speeds also means that documents can be stored in the cloud and accessed only when required, rather than keeping a copy in the office.

Fast Broadband and Hosted VoIP

Small and medium size businesses have been able to run hosted VoIP over a dedicated ADSL line, supporting around 5 concurrent calls on a typical ADSL line.  The advent of the additional bandwidth means that you can run significantly more concurrent VoIP users over a FTTC fast internet link. This expansion of users helps to keep the costs down as larger organisations no longer need multiple lines to support a larger VoIP community.


Using SamKnows for FTTC Availability Checking

To check if you are in a fast internet area take a look at our blog post, fast internet availability,  and you can see when your area is due to be upgraded. You can also use the SamKnows service to see what connection speed you can expect from your new Fast Broadband connection.

FTTC Availability Checker

The SamKnows website provides ADSL and Broadband availability checking  http://www.samknows.com/broadband/broadband_checker

FTTC Availability SpeedAvailability Checker

Once you enter, either, your phone number or your post code into the Broadband checker at SamKnows then you will be presented with a summary screen, like the one on the left.

The summary shows which options are actually available in your area. This summary will show all of the available connectivity types including FTTC, ADSL and SDSL from BT, along with the options from the independent ISP’s.

If you then click on the connectivity type, e.g. BT FTTC on the left hand side you will be shown the details of the speeds you can expect at your home or office. You will see both the minimum and maximum speeds that you can expect to receive from your fast broadband connection.

In this case you can see that we anticipate a minimum download speed of 28.4 Mbps and a minimum upload speed of 6.2Mbps. The upload speed is approximately 10 times what we currently achieve with an ADSL line.

If you are interested in getting the fastest internet connection for your home or business then talk to us at SystemAssure and we will will help you upgrade to FTTC Fast Broadband.


FTTC Availability in the UK

FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) is the latest High Speed Broadband offering in the UK. It is available from BT, branded as Infinity, and from various independent network providers. FTTC Speeds are the same from all of the providers, including BT. FTTC is packaged differently by ISP’s who may cap speeds or offer usage restrictions. However the overall speeds offered are:-

  • Maximum Download Speed 40Mb
  • Maximum Upload Speed 10Mb

The FTTC availability lists below show the availability of FTTC at the Exchange and doesn’t necessarily guarantee that FTTC is available at your home. There are several reasons why this could be the case:

  • Your phone line may be connected directly to the telephone exchange and not to a local street cabinet.
  • Your line may be too far from the local street cabinet to have a stable FTTC service.
  • Your local street cabinet may not be suitable for fibre optic cables.
  • BT haven’t yet got the council’s planning permission to do the necessary work at your local street cabinet.

Do I have FTTC Availability in my Area?

So, even though you may be within an FTTC enabled exchange area, it’s possible that your particular line may not be able to have an FTTC, fast internet, service  yet. The best way to check if you can get a Super Fast Broadband, FTTC, services is to review the FTTC availability lists below to check when your Exchange is going to be FTTC enabled and then use a checker like SamKnows http://www.samknows.com/broadband/broadband_checker to see what the expected speed is in your area.

FTTC availability in South East England

FTTC is available now in these Exchanges:

Alton, Andover, Ashford Kent, Aylesbury, Bagshot, Basingstoke, Bexleyheath, Bicester, Botley, Brighton Hove, Brookwood, Caversham, Chandlers Ford, Crawley, Crowthorne, Croydon, Dartford, Didcot, Earley, Eastleigh, Fair Oak, Fleet Hampshire, Gerrards Cross, Godalming, Gravesend, Henley On Thames, High Wycombe, Holmer Green, Horsham, Langley, Locksheath, Maidenhead, Milton Keynes, Mitcham, Newport Pagnell, Portsmouth Central, Reading South, Sidcup, Sittingbourne, Slade Green, Sutton Cheam, Totton, Tunbridge Wells, Walton-On- Thames, Wokingham, Woodley, Yateley

FTTC Availability expected by 31st March 2011
Aldershot, Amersham, Ascot, Banbury, Beaconsfield, Bearsted, Beckenham, Brighton Withdean, Bromley, Burnham Buckinghamshire, Chesham, Chessington, Chislehurst, Copthorne, East Grinstead, Egham, Farnborough Hampshire, Farnham, Guildford, Hayes Common, Headington, Horley, Kingston, Malden, Marlow, Oxford, Pound Hill, Purley, Richmond Kew, Sanderstead, Sevenoaks, Slough, Summertown, Surbiton, Thatcham, Thornton Heath, Tilehurst, Twyford Berkshire, Wallington, West Wickham, Winchester, Winkfield Row, Woking, Worcester Park

FTTC Availability expected by 30th June 2011
Abingdon, Blackwater, Bordon, Bourne End, Camberley, Haslemere, Newbury, Penn Buckinghamshire, Reading Central, Shenley Church End, Stony Stratford, Tonbridge, Uckfield, Wantage, Windsor, Wolverton

FTTC Availability expected by 30th September 2011
Addiscombe, Ashtead, Biggin Hill, Blue Bell Hill, Burgh Heath, Canterbury, Crowborough, Cobham, Crayford, Downland, Epsom, Erith, Eversley, Ewell, Herne Bay, Portsmouth North End, Orpington, Redhill, Reigate, Ringwood, Southampton, Southwater, Tadley, Waterlooville, West Malling, Weybridge

FTTC Availability expected by 31st December 2011
Barming, Bishops Waltham, Bookham, Bracknell, Buckingham, Byfleet, Caterham, Chatham, Chertsey, Deal, Esher, Farnham Common, Fawley, Gosport, Great Missenden, Greenhithe, Hampton, Harestock, Horndean, Iver, Leatherhead, Longfield, Minster Sheppey, Peacehaven, Spencers Wood, Strood, Swanley, Thames Ditton, Witney, Woolston

These exchanges will be FTTC enabled in 2012: Burgess Hill, Burgh Heath, Crowborough, Deal, Erith, Greenhithe, Haywards Heath, Herne Bay, Peacehaven

FTTC Availability in South West England

FTTC is available now in these Exchanges:

Bath Kingsmead, Blunsdon, Bristol North, Bristol West, Chippenham, Midsomer Norton, Portishead, Radstock, Swindon, Toothill, Worle

FTTC Availability expected by 31st March 2011
Downend Trowbridge, Midsomer Norton, Radstock, Swindon, Trowbridge

FTTC Availability expected by 30th June 2011

FTTC Availability expected by 30th September 2011
Boscombe, Ivybridge, Plymouth

FTTC Availability expected by 31st December 2011
Calne, Cheltenham, Hardwicke, Nailsworth, Taunton

FTTC availability in Wales

FTTC is available now in these Exchanges:

Barry, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Chepstow, Connahs Quay, Hengoed, Llanedeyrn, Llanishen, Newtown Llantwit, Penarth, Taffswell Llantrisant, Whitchurch

FTTC Availability expected by 31st March 2011

FTTC Availability expected by 30th September 2011

FTTC Availability expected by 31st December 2011
Caldicot, Llantwit Major, Mumbles, Pencoed

FTTC Availability in the West Midlands

FTTC is available now in these Exchanges:

Berkswell, Bromsgrove, Burntwood, Droitwich, Earlsdon, Evesham, Fallings Park, Fazeley, Fernhill Heath, Great Barr, Heath Hayes, Hednesford, Kenilworth, Knowle, Leamington Spa, Leamore, Lichfield, Northern, Nuneaton, Polesworth, Rugby, Solihull, Tamworth, Tettenhall, Walsall, Warwick, Wednesbury, Worcester, Worcester St.Johns, Worcester St.Peters

FTTC Availability expected by 31st March 2011
Stratford-On-Avon, Swadlincote

FTTC Availability expected by 30th September 2011
Cheslyn Hay, Hillside Hereford & Worcester

FTTC Availability expected by 31st December 2011
Donnington, Headless Cross, Shirley West Midlands, Southam

FTTC Availability expected by 31st March 2012
Alsager, Birmingham Central, Chapel End, Four Oaks

FTTC Availability in Greater London

FTTC is available now in these Exchanges:

Albert Dock, Canonbury, Chingford, Cricklewood, Ealing, Edmonton, Eltham, Enfield, Greenford, Greenwich, Harrow, Hounslow, Merton Park, Mile End, Molesey, Mortlake, Muswell Hill, New Cross, New Southgate, Palmers Green, Parsons Green, Pinner, Ponders End, Poplar, Putney, Skyport, Stamford Hill, Stratford, Thamesmead, Tottenham, Uxbridge, Vauxhall, Walworth, Wanstead, Wimbledon, Woolwich

FTTC Availability expected by 31st March 2011
Acton, Beulah Hill, Bowes Park, Catford, Clapton, Clerkenwell, Colindale, Crouch End, Dulwich, Earls Court, Edgware, Feltham, Finchley, Grove Park, Hammersmith, Harlesden, Kenton Road, Kidbrooke, Kingsbury, Lee Green, Leytonstone, Mill Hill, North Edgware, North Finchley, North Wembley, Northolt, Northwood, Primrose Hill, Ruislip, Rushey Green, South Clapham, Staines, Stanmore, Streatham, Teddington, Twickenham, Wembley, West Drayton, Willesden, Winchmore Hill

FTTC Availability expected by 30th June 2011
Ashford Middlesex, Forest Hill, Golders Green, Hampstead, Kentish Town, Kingsland Green, Lower Holloway, Nine Elms, South Harrow, Upper Holloway

FTTC Availability expected by 30th September 2011
Balham, Battersea, Bayswater, Brixton, Chelsea, Chiswick, Deptford, Fulham, Gipsy Hill, Hackney, Hatch End, Hayes, Hendon, Isleworth, Kensal Green, Lords, Maida Vale, Norbury, North Paddington, Park, Perivale, Pimlico, Southall, Sunbury, Sydenham, Upton, Walthamstow, Wandsworth, Kneller Hall, South Kensington, West Kensington

FTTC Availability expected by 31st December 2011
Bermondsey, Bishopsgate, Marylebone, Paddington, Southwark, Wapping

FTTC Availability in the East of England

FTTC is available now in these Exchanges:

Barking, Barnet, Berkhamsted, Billericay, Bishops Stortford, Braintree, Brentwood, Bury St. Edmonds, Chelmsford, Elstree, Goodmayes, Hainault, Harpenden, Hemel Hempstead, Hoddesdon, Hornchurch, Ingrebourne, Lea Valley, Leagrave, Leigh On Sea, Leighton Buzzard, Loughton, Luton, Ortons, Romford, Southend-on-Sea, St.Albans, St.Neots, Stanford-Le-Hope, Waltham Cross, Watford, Wickford, Woodford

FTTC Availability expected by 31st March 2011
Bedford Town, Boreham, Bushey Heath, Downhall, Gants Hill, Hitchin, Ilford Central, Ilford North, South Benfleet, Stevenage

FTTC Availability expected by 30th September 2011
Chafford, Dagenham, Garston, Hawkwell, Highwoods, Huntingdon, Kesgrave, Rainham Essex, Rickmansworth, Rochford, Upminster, Woodham Ferrers, Yaxley

FTTC Availability expected by 31st December 2011
Cambridge Central, Canvey Island, Dunstable, Flitwick, Grays Thurrock, Hadleigh Essex, Harlow, Haverhill, Laindon, Maldon, Potters Bar, Rayleigh, South Wootton, St. Faith, Stansted, Welwyn, Witham

FTTC Availability expected by 31st March 2012
Bowmansgreen, Drayton, Ely, Hertford, Kings Langley, Radlett, Royston Hertfordshire, Shefford

FTTC Availability in the North West of England

FTTC is available now in these Exchanges:

Altrincham, Ashton-Under-Lyne, Birkdale, Bramhall, Bury, Cheetham, Chorlton, Congleton, Denton, Didsbury, Failsworth, Glossop, Hartford, Haslington, Heaton Moor, Hulme Hall, Hyde, Lymm, Macclesfield, Manchester East, Middlewich, Moss Side, Northwich, Oldham, Penwortham, Prestwich, Ramsbottom, Rusholme, Sale, Stalybridge, Stepping Hill, Stockton Heath, Swinton, Tottington, Urmston, Walkden, Willaston, Wilmslow, Winsford Cheshire

FTTC Availability expected by 31st March 2011
Chester South, Chorley, Heswall, Penketh

FTTC Availability expected by 30th September 2011
Ashton-on-Ribble, Broughton Lancashire, Chester Central, Chester North, Holmes Chapel, Irlam, Longton Lancashire, Manchester Central, Royal, Sandbach, Whitefield

FTTC Availability expected by 31st December 2011
Allerton, Blackfriars, Caldy, Fulwood, Irby, Littleborough, Liverpool Central, Mountwood, Ringway

FTTC Availability expected by 31st March 2012
Accrington, Astley Bridge, Bamber Bridge, Formby, Higher Bolton, Hooton, Lancaster, Neston, Ormskirk, Rochdale, Rossendale, Wallasey, Westhoughton

FTTC Availability in the Yorkshire

FTTC is available now in these Exchanges:

Armley, Beauchief, Broomhill, Calder Valley, Castleford, Dronfield, Garforth, Guiseley, Halifax, Harrogate, Headingley, Lofthouse Gate, Low Moor, Morley, Mosborough, Pontefract, Pudsey, Ranmoor, Rothwell West Yorkshire, Shipley

FTTC Availability expected by 31st March 2011

FTTC Availability expected by 30th September 2011
Cullingworth, Haworth, Holmfirth

FTTC Availability expected by 31st December 2011
Dinnington, Moortown, Sandal

FTTC Availability expected by 31st March 2012
Elland, Maltby

FTTC Availability in the Northern England

FTTC is available now in these Exchanges:

Chester-Le-Street, Cramlington, Durham, East Herrington, Gosforth Tyne & Wear, Hetton-Le-Hole

FTTC Availability expected by 30th September 2011
Aycliffe, Ingleby Barwick

FTTC Availability expected by 31st December 2011
Houghton-le-Spring, Prudhoe

FTTC Availability expected by 31st March 2012

FTTC Availability in the Northern Ireland

FTTC is available now in these Exchanges:

Aghalee, Ahoghill, Annaghmore, Antrim, Ardglass, Armagh, Aughnacloy, Ballycastle, Ballyclare, Ballygowan, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Ballynahinch, Ballyronan, Ballysillan, Ballywalter, Banbridge, Bongor NI, Belfast Balmoral, Belfast City, Bessebrook, Bready, Brookhall, Bushmills, Campsie, Carrickfergus, Carryduff, Castlederg, Castlereagh, Castlerock, Castlewellan, Claudy, Coagh, Coleraine, Cookstown, Cregagh, Cross, Crossgar, Dervock, Donaghadee, Donaghmore, Downpatrick, Dromara, Dundonald, Dungannon, Dungiven, Eglinton, Enniskillen, Feeny, Fivemiletown, Fortwilliam, Garvagh, Gilford, Glengormley, Helens Bay, Hillsborough, Irvinestown, Keady, Kells, Kilkeel, Killeavy, Kilrea, Kircubbin, Larne, Limavady, Lisbellaw, Lisburn, Londonderry, Lurgan, Maghera, Magherafelt, Malone, Markethill, Maze, Millisle, Moira, Moy, Newcastle, Newry, Newtonstewart, Newtownards, Omagh, Ormeau, Portadown, Portaferry, Portavogie, Portglenone, Portrush, Portstewart, Randallstown, Rasharkin, Richhill, Rostrevor, Saintfield, Sion Mills, Strabane, Tandragee, Waringstown, Warrenpoint, Waterside, Whiteabbey, Whitehead

If you are interested in getting the fastest internet connection for your home or business then talk to us at SystemAssure and we will help you with your FTTC availability.

Do you want a fast Internet connection?

Fast Internet ConnectionHow Fast is a Fast Internet Connection?

Part of the BT 21st Century Network (21CN) roll-out is a service known as Fibre To The Cabinet (FTTC). Delivered across BT’s Next Generation Network this service provides a really Fast Internet Connection of up to 40Mbit/s download speed and a choice of either 2Mbit/s or 10Mbit/s upload speed.

How is the Fast Internet Connection Achieved?

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Need a Faster Internet Connection?

If you have tested the speed of your Internet Connection and it is achieving close to the speed that you are paying for what can be done to make your Internet connection even faster?

There are several different options that are available, depending on exactly what you are looking for. i.e. Are you looking for:-

  • A Faster Internet Download Speed
  • A Faster Internet Upload Speed
  • The same speed for both Upload and Download from the Internet

Faster Internet Connection (Bonded ADSL)

Faster Internet ConnectionYou can ‘bond’ Internet connections to increase the speed. This is a process whereby you buy 2, or more, ADSL Internet Connections and ‘bond’ them into a single High Speed Internet Connection. i.e. 2 x 6Mb Internet connections will provide you with approximately 11Mb of download speed and approximately 1.2Mb of Upload.

The above example is for 2 lines, you can however bond more lines to get additional throughput. Bonding ADSL lines is a cost effective method of achieving additional throughput, a faster Internet Connection, and provide a level of resilience to your infrastructure.

We can provide bonded ADSL lines, complete the form on the SystemAssure website for more details.

Same Speed for Upload and Download (SDSL)

If you are looking for the same speed for both Upload to the Internet and Download from the Internet then we can offer SDSL lines. SDSL won’t necessarily be faster than your ADSL line, as the key for SDSL connection is the same speed for upload and download. SDSL lines are available in most locations and can be provided at various speeds, we can also provide leased lines, complete the form on the SystemAssure website for more details.

Why should I carry out an Internet Quality Test?

In addition to the Internet Speed Tests you also need to run an Internet Quality Test to check the Quality of your ADSL, Broadband, Internet connection. ADSL, Broadband Quality is particularly relevant if you are using your Internet connection for VoIP or Video streaming. If you are planning on running a VoIP phone System, like the one that we provide as part of SystemAssure, then you need to make sure that you have a high quality Internet connection

If you think about the Speed Test as how fast your car can go, then the Ping Test is the equivalent of ‘Is the car misfiring’. i.e. It can still go fast but its not as efficient as it should be and you are not getting the most out of what you have paid for.

The overall Quality of an Internet connection includes:-

  • Network Latency
  • Packet Loss
  • Jitter – Relevant if you are using a VoIP Phone

How to carry out an Internet Quality Test

Internet Ping TestThe same people who provide the best Internet Speed Tests also provide a similar Internet Quality Test.

This best provider of a free Internet Quality Test is www.pingtest.net.

Once you have completed the tests you will get a summary of the results, similar to the results to the left.

In the summary you can see a MOS value assigned to the ADSL line. MOS is a measure of VoIP call quality that is achievable over the line. MOS is rated between 0 and 5. A MOS value of  3.6, or above is good.

If you are planning to use VoIP we recommend that, for an average office, that you have separate ADSL lines for VoIP and Data.

Results of your Internet Quality Test

The results of your Internet Quality Test are displayed in summary mode, on the left hand side of the graphic, along with an overall rating. You can see that in the case our our test ADSL line it gets classified as a Grade A line, with the individual results being displayed for:-

  • Packet Loss        –  0%
  • Ping Latency     –  18 milliseconds
  • Jitter                    –  4 milliseconds

If you are experiencing Packet Loss then you should talk to your ISP, who will help to uncover the cause and get the problem rectified.

If you want to find out more about the ADSL Internet Connections that we provide complete the Contact SystemAssure form. The Internet connectivity that we provide is  high quality, business grade, broadband as can be seen from the results above.

Internet Quality Test and Small Business Phone Systems

VoIP is a cost effective solution for a Small Business and makes for the best Small Business Phone system available. If you are thinking of using VoIP as your Small Business Phone System, make sure that you test the throughput and quality of your ADSL line with this simple Internet Quality Test.

Why Run an Internet Speed Test?

A question that is regularly asked is ‘ How can I test my Internet Speed?’, or ‘How can I find out how fast my Internet connection is?’  The simple answer to both these questions is to run an Internet Speed Test.

If you have paid for an 8Mb ADSL Internet connection how can you find out if you are getting what you are paying for?  Don’t forget that the headline speed that ISP’s quote is the download speed. The A in ADSL line stands for Asymmetric, which indicates that the speed in the 2 directions (Upload and Download) are not intended to be the same. If you need the same speed for upload and download then you need an SDSL line. SDSL lines are significantly more expensive than traditional ADSL lines.

What should a Good Internet Speed Test Include?

In order to test the speed of a Broadband connection there are several things that need to be tested. These include:-

  • Internet download speed
  • Internet upload speed
  • Network Latency

Internet Download Speed

Download speed is a measure of how quickly can you download files from the Internet. This is the headline speed that the Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) quote when talking about Broadband.

Internet Upload Speed

Upload speed comes into play when you are sending email, uploading files or allowing other people to download information from your computer. If you are using a webcam or VoIP phone, like Skype, then you are using the upload capability of your broadband connection.

Network Latency

This is typically measured in milliseconds (ms) and shows how quickly your system responds to information. Low network latency is essential if you want to use a VoIP phone.

How can I run an Internet Speed Test?Internet Speed Test Summary

There are several sites that offer Internet Speed tests, the best that we have found is http://www.speedtest.net/. This provides a comprehensive set of tests and includes all of the tests recommended above.

The image on the right shows the summary results from an Internet Speed Test from one of the ADSL lines recently installed in our office. ADSL lines are like fine wines, they improve with age. If you test the speed of your Internet connection when it is first installed it may not have ‘settled’ and could show a slower speed than the one achievable. Typically ADSL broadband reaches its optimum within a period of 6 to 10 days. If your Internet speed is significantly below what you are paying for you should contact your ISP and get them to check the line.

Internet Download Speed Test Results

As well as the Summary screen, above, you will also see information showing you what the results actually mean. i.e. How long it will take to download a set of typical files.  This includes items like:-

  • A 5MB MP3 file
  • A 35MB Video clip
  • A typical 800MB file

In addition to the Internet Speed Tests there is also a separate Ping Test (www.pingtest.net) This can provide more detailed information on the quality of your ADSL connection to the Internet.

What do you do if your Internet Connection is slow?

If the Internet Speed test above shows that your connection is slow, or certainly slower than the speed that you are paying for, then the first thing you should do is to talk to your Internet Service Provider.

If you don’t get a suitable response from your ISP then contact SystemAssure and we can help you a get a  better, faster, Internet broadband service. So run an Internet Speed Test today and find out how good your ISP really is.