Fiber To The Premises

What Does Fiber To The Premises Mean?

Fiber To The Premises (FTTP) is a fiber optic cable delivery medium that provides Internet access directly to a user or groups of users from an Internet service provider (ISP). It is one of several optical fiber delivery topology terms that are sometimes grouped into the general category of "Fiber to the x" and similarly abbreviated.


FTTP runs at a much faster speed than a coaxial cable Internet or dial-up connection. This fiber optic communication delivery style is conducted through the use of an optical distribution network that links the central office to the premises occupied by the subscriber(s).

Techopedia Explains Fiber To The Premises

Certain fiber deliveries in the "Fiber To The X" category only bring a fiber connection to a more general destination. Delivery methods, such as "Fiber To The Node" (FTTN), only bring a fiber connection to a shared node in a public space. Alternately, delivery methods like FTTP bring a fiber cable to an individual property and a specific user or household.

Another variation of FTTP include "Fiber To The Home" (FTTH), which creates a link between a single customer and is implemented through a single fiber cable and.

Other specific variations of "Fiber To The X" reference whether a cable runs to a specific work/entertainment space or a particular housing unit on a multi-home property. Google Fiber is a good example of new fiber cables that are directly run to customers. As of 2013, the program is its infancy but making large waves in the broadband industry for its promise of mega high-speed Internet to a variety of household units.


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