Fibre to the cabinet (FTTC)

Fibre broadband is the next generation of broadband - faster, more reliable and uses a different technology. Traditional ADSL broadband is delivered via copper telephone lines, whereas Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) broadband uses fibre optic cable to link between the exchange and the street cabinet, with cooper for the final connection from the street cabinet to the customer. 

To get fibre broadband, you'll need to place an order with an Internet Service Provider (ISP). If you already have a contract with a broadband provider but would like to access faster speeds, you’ll still need to contact them to request a faster broadband service – this will not happen automatically because fibre broadband uses a different technology. Fibre broadband is affordable, starting from around £16.50 per month for home users and £30 per month for businesses. There are several providers offering fibre broadband in Oxfordshire, so you should be able to find a package to suit you. and service as normal. Visit our page – Fibre-to-the-Cabinet providers

All broadband providers will be officially notified by Openreach as soon as the new connection is available. When this happens, our website will automatically update and you can check our Coverage Map to see the status for your area. It will then be up to the individual provider to decide whether they want to develop a package for their customers.

The duration before installation of fibre broadband will vary among Internet Service Providers and typically takes about two weeks. A new router will be posted to you in advance of an engineer calling, who will then install the router and replace the faceplate on your telephone socket.

An upgraded fibre cabinet may not solve the broadband speed problems of everyone that is attached to that cabinet. When a new cabinet is installed to bring superfast broadband to a village, it is connected with fibre back to the exchange or other point. The new cabinet is then connected to the existing copper cabinet and the final delivery of the broadband is made through the existing copper (or aluminium) network. However, broadband speeds decrease significantly over copper (or aluminium) cabling and are considered to be effective up to about 1km from the cabinet. There are exceptions to this and some properties a little further away may achieve excellent speeds whilst others quite close to the cabinet, may experience difficulties.