FTTH: Fibre to the Home explained
FTTH will get you the fastest internet connection, but only if you're fortunate enough to gain access to it.
Fibre to the Home (FTTH) may be the best connection available, but it’s up to luck whether you have it since you don’t get to choose what connection your property has when it comes to your broadband. At the end of 2019, more than three-quarters of properties across Hong Kong had access to Fibre to the Home (FTTH), and that number is ever-increasing. Read on to find out what you need to know about FTTH.
What is FTTH and how does it work?
Fibre to the Home (FTTH) is the way the internet was intended to work everywhere: by using high-speed fibre optic cables connected directly to your house. If you’re lucky enough to have it, it’s the best connection you can get.
FTTH operates by connecting your house all the way to the web using only robust, high-speed fibre optic cables – delivering speeds of up to 1,000Mbps. Where other connection types like Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) rely upon older intermediate copper wire or cables, FTTH doesn’t, thereby reducing signal degradation and other issues.
Signals are sent through these fibre optics to a connection box attached to your building. Typically, a modem will then be wired to this box, allowing your devices superfast access to the Internet. In practical terms, this typically means you can connect multiple devices, play HD games, stream Netflix and download films without slowing down your connection.
What equipment will I need?
Since the fibre optic cables and connection box will already be set up as part of the internet network installation at your property, you only need a modem that’s capable of supporting superfast fibre broadband – and devices like computers or mobiles that can connect to it.
If you don’t already have a suitable modem, your Internet service provider will sell their recommended one to you when you purchase a broadband plan.
What should I look for when comparing FTTH plans?
With so many plans available on the market, here are a couple of things to keep in mind when choosing the right one for you.
- Speed. With FTTH, you have the freedom to choose any speed that suits you since all tiers should be supported by your high-quality connection. It’s important to compare not just maximum speeds, but also the typical speed a provider promises when there’s heavy network congestion in the evening.
- Data. Faster speeds mean you’ll tear through data quickly, too. Unlimited data plans are common but not guaranteed, so make sure you have enough for your streaming and download habits.
- Extras. Plenty of providers give the option of entertainment bundles, phone call inclusions and more. If there’s a particular service or entertainment feature you want, there’s likely a plan out there that offers it.
Frequently asked questions
Can I change my connection to FTTH?
Will I need a new modem for FTTH?
What happens to my home phone on FTTH?
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