Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) installation
To check fibre broadband availability from the Openreach network, use the ‘fibre checker’ on their website, see: https://www.openreach.com/fibre-broadband
If you’re in a Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) enabled area, you can benefit from download speeds of up to 300mbps (and upload speeds of up to 30mbps). However, not all service providers currently offer the service so you might not be informed by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) that it is available and may need to consider changing providers.
Because FTTP is still a relatively new technology, there are a few differences in the customer journey when ordering fibre broadband:
Step 1 – Order
As mentioned previously, not every service provider offers FTTP at the moment, so it is important that you investigate which suppliers can provide the service.
When placing an order with your chosen ISP, they will provide you with a date when an engineer will come out to carry out tests or even a survey, should one be necessary.
Openreach maintains a list of Internet Service Providers that supply FTTP (Ultrafast broadband) to both business and home consumers, please see: https://www.openreach.com/fibre-broadband/fttp-providers.
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Step 2 – Survey
In the early stages of an order, a site survey may be required. This is to investigate what work needs to be carried out in order to provide you with a FTTP service.
It is important to note that no work will be carried out without your permission and you agreeing to any costs that may be associated with this for which you are liable.
In some cases, additional works may be required to bring the fibre cable into your premises. You will need to discuss this with your ISP.
Step 3 – Engineer Appointment
Following the survey, an engineer connects the fibre cable to a small box (approx. 15cm x 10cm x 3 cm) which will need to be fixed to your outside wall of your property. The box will be installed at a height that can be worked on from ground level.
Please note: there may be a short interruption to your telephone service during this work. Also, if you have an alarm on your phone line, please let your provider know that your line may go down for a few minutes, which could trigger a false alarm on any security system linked to your telephone line.
Your ISP will inform you if you need to be present for this visit, but the engineer must be able to access to exterior of the premises. It may be necessary for two engineer appointments, but your ISP will notify you if this is the case.