Connectivity Comparison Matrix

Average Speed Comparison

Fibre to the Premises (From 10Mbps to 1000Mbps)
Fibre to the Cabinet (Maximum of 80Mbps)
Ethernet First Mile (Maximum of 10Mbps)
Bonded Broadband (Up to 400Mbps)
Satellite Broadband (Up to 20Mbps)
ADSL / SDSL (Maximum of 20Mbps)
Solution Pros Cons Availability Speeds


Fibre to the Premises (FTTP)
  • The most scalable solution, currently allowing future upgrades to 1000Mbps.
  • Net Pricing can be very reasonable
  • Not affected by weather
  • Will allow a business to host other services for customers
  • Symmetric connection
  • Will make other options available such as VoIP telephones.
  • Subject to large excess construction charges of up to £100,000
  • 60-90 day lead time following site survey
  • Long contractual commitments, usually 5yrs
Poor 10Mbps – 1000Mbps downstream and upstream (symmetrical connection).
  • Bonded ADSL can provide even the most rural areas with fast broadband
  • Bonded FTTC can be used as a low cost alternative to FTTP, providing very large connections up to 400Mbps
  • Provides a layer of redundancy
  • Maximum of 13 X ADSL/FTTC lines can be bonded, limiting future upgrades
  • Can be on a long lead time (up to 45 days)
Excellent Maximum of 400Mbps downstream and upstream.
Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC)
  • Can provide broadband speeds via standard BT telephone outlets
  • Short lead time (upto 45 days)
  • Increasingly available in UK towns and cities
  • Not available in many rural areas in the UK
  • Asymmetrical connection, meaning that some of the poorer FTTC connections have low upload speeds
Around 61% UK coverage. Maximum of 80Mbps downstream and 20Mbps upstream.
Satellite Broadband
  • Fantastic download speed, up to 20Mbps
  • Available in almost any UK location
  • Short lead time (up to 30 days)
  • Easy installation
  • High latency rate, making the solution unsuitable for real time hosted applications
  • Affected by poor weather
  • Unlimited data packages are subject to a fair usage policy which if exceeded will see bandwidth limited for a period of time, making it less suitable for business with multiple staff using Internet
Good Up to 20Mbps downstream and 6Mbps upstream.
  • Available at every UK address
  • Short lead time (14 days)
  • Low cost
  • Easy Installation
  • Very poor available speeds, particularly in rural areas
  • Asymmetrical connection, meaning that some of the poorer ADSL connections have extremely poor upstream speeds.
Guaranteed Maximum of 20Mbps downstream and 1.5Mbps upstream.
Ethernet First Mile
  • Can often be connected more quickly if installed over copper
  • Completely dedicated service meaning bandwidth is all yours
  • Does not utilise existing lines or hardware, needs installing by BT 
Around 80% UK coverage Up to 20Mbps

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