Looking For All The Information You Need On Bonded Fibre To The Cabinet? See Our Guide.
What Is Bonded FTTC?
Bonded FTTC stands for Bonded Fibre to the Cabinet. It works very similar to bonded ADSL but obviously instead of using an ADSL product, you are using fibre to the cabinet to bond with. This technology is only available if FTTC is available in your area.
A key benefit of Bonded Fibre to the Cabinet are the huge speeds that you can get. They can reach a peak of 320Mb download and up to 60Mb upload, BUT remember that this is still a broadband product and all speeds are “best efforts”.
If internet connectivity is not “Mission Critical” to you business but want to experience better speed on a lower budget than a leased line then this may tick the box.
How Does Bonded FTTC Work?
Basically multiple FTTC lines are combined together to create one big “fat pipe” of bandwidth to create faster download and upload speeds. Sounds simple? The implementation really is quite complex as it involves a huge amount of processing in the splitting and then recombining the data streams.
As an example, take a video stream watched on a PC. With Bonded FTTC, the original stream will be split into multiple streams, sent down each individual FTTC line. This process is performed automatically by the bonding providers technology.
At your business premises the separate data streams are recombined to give you one fast individual data stream. Another example, if you had two 40Mb FTTC lines and bonded them, you would get the equivalent of one 80Mb line. Simple!
Bonded Fibre To The Cabinet Benefits
One of the main benefits of bonded fibre to the cabinet are the speeds. 320Mb download sound incredible but remember that the more lines you bond there will be a slight degradation in the service speed so “up to” 320 is more realistic but we can be more accurate once we have your details.
If you then take into account the cost implications of this and compare it to a leased line then it does look a very attractive proposition. There are companies out there who will tell you this is an uncontended service. Let’s set the record straight – If you want or need uncontended then EFM or a leased line is the way to go.
Resiliency also plays a key part. If one of the bonded lines fails then it will automatically failover onto the other lines albeit at a reduced speed as you have lost one of the lines but at least you still have an operational connection. Once the line comes back up, you will also be back up to full speed.
With installation times averaging around 10 working days compared to an EFM service which can take around 45 working days or a leased line which can take 65-75 working days then this is a very quick turnaround product. The equipment will be delivered to your site pre-configured so its a simple case of plug and play!