What Is SoGEA?
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You may have heard of SoGEA and might wonder how it’s different from other types of internet connectivity on the market.
We’ll cover everything about SoGEA so you can make an informed decision about whether or not this type of connection is right for you.
SoGEA stands for Single Order Generic Ethernet Access. This type of connection uses your existing copper phone line to connect to the network, but instead of using it for voice calls, it uses it for data.
The advantage of SoGEA is that it is much cheaper to deploy than FTTC since it doesn’t require any new infrastructure.
The main difference is in the infrastructure. As things stand, if you wanted an FTTC connection, you would have to order a phone line and then you would have your fibre broadband connected over the top of it.
BT Openreach have now launched SoGEA which means that you dont have to have a copper phone line installed any more to benefit from this new service. You simply just order the SoGEA broadband and no line rental to worry about!
This also means that SoGEA is much cheaper to deploy in most cases than FTTC. With the big switch off coming in 2025, all copper based solutions will be discontinued so ADSL, PSTN lines, FTTC will all be gone.
SoGEA will become the new “FTTC”. On top of this, you can also get faster speeds (up to 330Mb with SOGfast) in some areas which we will explain all the options in more detail shortly.
Fibre to the premises (or FTTP as its known for short) is a complete fibre connection which comes from the exchange and runs all the way to your premises regardless of whether that is residential or business.
FTTP is not available in as many locations (yet) as what SoGEA is but the rollout of pure fibre connectivity is in full swing so it wont be long before you will have the option of both.
SoGEA does not have the speed that FTTP does with the ability to get speed upto 1Gb compared to up to 330Mb with SoGFAST. SoGEA is a cost effective broadband solution but if you are in need of more power then (if it’s available) FTTP would win.
Both are very easy to install. Both are cost effective solutions. Both come with the option of using your own router or we can supply one. Both are easy to fix. Also, instead of using a copper phone line for calls, you can now use VoIP (voice over internet protocol).
Firstly, there are two types of speeds here – SoGEA and SoGFAST.
What is SOGfast?
SOGfast fibre broadband is a new technology that offers faster speeds than a SoGEA line. It’s a combination of this and Gfast fibre broadband features. It is similar to SoGEA but uses optical fibre cables instead of copper. This means that SOGfast, or SoGEA fibre broadband, can offer faster speeds.
The “up to” speeds that are currently available are:
- SoGEA 40Mb / 10Mb
- SoGEA 55Mb / 10Mb
- SoGEA 80Mb / 20Mb
- SOGfast 160Mb / 30Mb
- SOGfast 330Mb / 50Mb
SOGfast (or Single Order Gfast) is as the name suggests, the faster version of SoGEA with the ability to offer you speeds up to 330Mb and because its a fibre broadband only line, no landline is needed.
A special side pod is used on street cabinets which enables speeds to be boosted for certain areas and over short distances. This is what differentiates it from SoGEA as that product can only offer speeds up to 80Mb.
A straightforward order process also helps matters along with quick turnaround times from point of order plus a single appontment delivery with a working connection straight after.
With SOGfast, you will also be future proofing yourself. No matter what your needs in the future, you’ll have it covered with this fibre based service so adding VoIP telephony services will be very straightforward.
We hope this article has helped you understand SoGEA broadband and the many benefits it can offer your business. If you have any other questions or want to know more, don’t hesitate to contact us on 03300 770070.
We’ll be happy to assist you in finding the perfect broadband solution for your needs.
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