More and more developers are now seeing the advantages of FTTP for their projects and as such, the market is growing.  In this article, we will be showing how developers and builders can save on construction costs, to the tune of at least $800 per unit.  In the next article, we’ll be showing that consumers (both purchasers and renters) are willing to pay more for apartments with access to super-fast broadband.

The main benefit that an FTTP network gives is the reduced construction cost as phone, broadband and other services are delivered over a single cabling system compared to multiple cabling systems as in traditional systems.

As seen in the illustration below, traditional cabling system could require up to  6 or even 8 different cabling systems for different services such as:

  1. voice and broadband;
  2. FTA TV
  3. Pay TV;
  4. gas, hot water and electricity metering;
  5. access control (including video intercom)
  6. CCTV and security alarm monitoring;
  7. nurse call; and
  8. advertising and electronic noticeboards.


With an FTTP network, only one cable is needed to deliver all services into the apartment. This also means less space is needed in risers in order to connect each unit in the building. FTTP significantly reduces the installation costs and size of cable trays while delivering the super fast broadband and integrated services. FTTP networks also require lower maintenance costs as the glass fibres don’t corrode like copper can.

In order to get greatest savings for a project, it is important to select the correct network provider.  In the example below, we have contrasted an NBN service with an independent provider, who allows other services to use the fibre network.  This is not always the case.

In this example, with a little prior planning, approval to use the fibre for other services results in estimated savings of $790.00 per unit.  Assuming a standard development size of 100 apartments, this relates to a saving of $79,000.  These savings can be increased for larger developments or adding other services or applications.

* Based on a standard development size of 100-120 apartments.


For any advice on how to connect your development to a superfast broadband network, call Optical Terminations on 1300 750 558 or visit www.opticalterminations.com.au/services/fibre-to-the-home