SoGEA Broadband

Single Order Generic Ethernet Access (SoGEA) is a relatively new broadband service in the UK. Here are the key points about SoGEA:

  1. What is SoGEA?
    • SoGEA stands for Single Order Generic Ethernet Access.
    • It’s designed to provide internet access through existing copper phone line infrastructure.
    • Unlike traditional broadband, customers do not need an active phone line for SoGEA to work.
  2. Benefits of SoGEA:
    • Simplified Ordering: SoGEA eliminates the need to order a separate PSTN line, making the process easier and more efficient.
    • All-IP Ready: SoGEA is a replacement for Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) orders, offering similar speeds and coverage but now fully all-IP ready.
    • Quicker Installations: With only one line, you can get your customers up and running faster, leading to quicker revenue generation.
    • Cost Savings: By removing the requirement for a PSTN line, you save money on service provisioning.
  3. Types of SoGEA:
    • SoGEA for Broadband:
      • Ideal for superfast fiber broadband services.
      • Future-proof your broadband portfolio and enjoy simple ordering.
      • Seamless transition to all-IP.
      • Excellent coverage, reaching around 95% of the UK.
    • Ethernet over SoGEA:
      • Lower-bandwidth layer 2 Ethernet service.
      • Simpler, faster, and more cost-effective.
      • Familiarity of Superfast GEA products from a single order.
      • Suitable for scenarios where normal Etherway Fibre (EAD) installation is difficult or expensive.

In summary, SoGEA offers streamlined broadband solutions without bundling with a landline service, making it a versatile choice for both residential and business users.

Fibre to the Premises (FTTP)

FTTP is also known as ultrafast full fibre broadband, is a cutting-edge internet service that offers lightning-fast speeds by directly connecting fiber optic cables from the broadband exchange right into your home or business premises. Here are the key details about FTTP:

  1. What is FTTP?
    • Definition: FTTP involves laying fiber optic cables directly to your premises, bypassing the need for a cabinet in the neighborhood (unlike Fiber to the Cabinet (FTTC)).
    • Speeds: It can deliver speeds of up to 1,000 megabits per second (Mbps), which is approximately 30 times faster than standard fiber broadband.
    • Availability: Currently, FTTP is accessible to 57% of households, with a goal of reaching around 85% of households by December 2026.
    • Comparison with FTTC/SoGEA: If you don’t have FTTP, you likely have FTTC/SoGEA, where fiber cables run from the exchange to a street box, and then copper wires connect to your home. FTTC/SoGEA offers speeds of up to 80 Mbps and is available to 97% of UK homes.
    • ADSL: The slowest speeds (around 10 Mbps) come from ADSL, which uses only copper wires and is available to 98% of homes.
  2. Getting FTTP:
    • Openreach Network: Openreach operates the largest FTTP network. To check if you can get FTTP, We can use our availability checker (referred to as “full fiber”). It will also indicate your maximum available speeds.
    • Installation: If FTTP is available, we’ll need to find an FTTP provider. They’ll handle the installation, usually without extra costs beyond standard setup fees and monthly payments.
  3. Consider Your Needs:
    • While ultrafast speeds are enticing, remember that higher speeds often come with higher costs. Assess whether you truly need the fastest speeds based on your usage patterns and the number of users in your household or business.

Lease Lines

Lease Lines are essential for businesses seeking reliable and high-speed connectivity. Here are some key considerations when choosing the right lease line:

  1. Cost of Your Lease Line:
    • Lease lines can be a significant investment, costing thousands of pounds per year.
    • Prices vary among different suppliers, so it’s crucial to compare quotes from multiple carriers to find the best value option.
  2. Installation Time:
    • Plan ahead! Lease line installation typically takes between 35 and 65 working days.
    • You can choose between paying for installation and having a shorter termed contract (12 Months) or free installation with a longer term contract (36 Months).
  3. SIP Trunking and Converged Communication:
    • If you have ISDN circuits, explore SIP Trunking. Instead of paying for ISDN rental charges, route phone calls over your lease line.
    • We will ensure your lease line supports SIP Trunking for cost savings and lower call charges (Contact us for options on VOIP).
  4. Lease Line Resilience Options:
    • For business continuity, consider a backup connection. It’s usually inferior to the main connection.
    • Example: Pair a standard business SoGEA connection as backup to your primary lease line.
    • We will ensure the backup line uses circuits from different underlying carriers for true resilience.
  5. WAN Expertise:
    • If your business has multiple sites, we will work with your provider to deliver Wide Area Networks (WAN).
    • Consider a corporate WAN where services (including Internet access and SIP Trunking) share bandwidth across sites.

Lease lines offer dedicated, symmetrical, and low-latency connectivity, ensuring your business stays connected and productive.

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