What is SoGEA Broadband?

SoGEA stands for Single Order Generic Ethernet Access.

Until now you needed to have a traditional phone line installed to deliver broadband to a home or office, but SoGEA broadband doesn’t run over a phone line; instead, it uses the same fibre/copper network without the WLR (Wholesale Line Rental = Phone line) element.

SoGEA is offered at the same data rates as FTTC broadband. It delivers the same performance and has the same geographic availability. The only difference is the need for a phone line has been removed.

SoGEA is a dedicated line that delivers a broadband connection and includes an underlying version of a phone line. This means that customers moving to SoGEA from a phoneline-reliant broadband solution will need a voice call service that uses VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) to continue to be able to make and receive phone calls.

Why was SoGEA created?

In December 2025, the UK PSTN circuits will be shut off completely. This is a major step towards the United Kingdom’s mass IP-network migration, with VoIP core networks set to replace all the legacy PSTN services.

It means that there is a significant opportunity in terms of both new and existing business.

All existing WLR customers need migrating to a non-WLR solution, many in the next 12-24 months as OpenReach continue to service notice on exchanges across the country. And there are around 3 million B2B PSTN and ISDN fixed lines that must be migrated by 2025, so plenty of new business to be won.

SoGEA provides a broadband solution using the existing fibre/copper network, where fibre to the premises (FTTP) is not yet available.

Why do you need Gamma SoGEA?

In 2017, British Telecom announced their intention to switch off the existing telephone network completely, having migrated all services to the newer and more efficient fibre broadband network. Therefore, come December 2025 the entire UK Wholesale Line Rental network will cease to exist.

However, it would be a mistake to think about waiting until nearer the 2025 deadline, as the migration of services is happening today and will pick up pace from June 2021 when notice is served on more than a hundred phone exchanges across the country.

Gamma SoGEA provides an effective solution today by using the existing fibre/copper network, making it available to more than 90% of premises across the United Kingdom.

Please note

You will need a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) voice product such as Gamma PhoneLine+ or a hosted telephony platform like Gamma Horizon if you want to continue to make and receive voice calls and use your existing telephone number.

It is essential that the porting of any existing phone numbers is completed before the service is switched to Gamma SoGEA, or numbers can be irretrievably lost.

If you’d like to find out if SoGEA is the right broadband solution for your business please get in touch on 01226 704 610 and we’ll be happy to answer any question you have.

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