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Openreach Extend Phase 2 Trial of SOGEA Standalone FTTC Broadband

Friday, July 14th, 2017 (1:16 pm) by Mark Jackson (Score 1,034)
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Openreach has confirmed that their Phase 2 ISP trial of Single Order Generic Ethernet Access (SOGEA), which allows consumers to buy a standalone “Fibre Broadband” (FTTC / VDSL2) line without the voice (phone) service, is to be extended for a little longer past 17th July 2017.

The trial will now run until 29th September 2017 and during this period ISPs will still be able to benefit from free service rental and connections. No reason is given for the extension, although we are aware that some ISPs wanted more time to test some features. Openreach are also in the process of introducing better engineer training and new tools to tackle problems like “pair stealing“, which we touched on last month (here).

So far there’s no word on whether the extension will impact Openreach’s previous timetable, which envisaged the final pilot phase launching later this year and that would then have run until early March 2018 (commercial launch to follow).

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  1. adslmax Real

    But standalone FTTC without any line rental will result prush the price up to cover the line only cost. Will be no difference in my view.

    Current:

    Fibre up to 80/20 with line only £38.98 (market 3 area price)

    Future:

    Fibre up to 80/20 without line only £35.48 (market 3 area price)

    • adslmax Real

      Future:

      Fibre up to 80/20 without line only £19.99 (market 3 area price)- NO CHANCE OF THAT!

    • CarlT

      Broadband services cost money to provide, and with usage going up year on year the cost of delivering them isn’t dropping.

      Obviously no-one forces you to purchase an 80/20 FTTC service. Other options are available.

  2. Id welcome not having to pay line rental, this would mean they could theoretically push a better speed through the line as you wont have the added SNR for protecting the voice element of the line.

    • FibreFred

      You still pay for line rental, but not the voice service

    • CarlT

      It’s true they could occupy the voice spectrum with data but it’s a tiny, tiny bit of spectrum, and would need removal of filtering face plates.

      They are constrained as far as transmit power goes by the INFP and the need to avoid overwhelming existing ADSL services. To get the most out of the lines all of them would need to be migrated to FTTC, all have voice removed and all run fully vectored. Not really practical in many cabinets.

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