SoGEA stands for Single Order Generic Ethernet Access.
Up until now, to deliver broadband to a home or office, you needed to have a traditional phone line installed and then ADSL Broadband or Fibre Broadband provided on top of it, however, since all traditional lines (analogue) are being turned off in December 2025, the UK infrastructure is in the process of being upgraded with these new digital options.
BT Openreach are now delivering a single-order version of Fibre Broadband and GFast Fibre Broadband which means you or the provider do not have to install a traditional copper phone line to complement the service.
The advantages of this are:
The drawback to this service is that SoGEA / SoGFast users will no longer have access to a phone number. SoGEA does not allow users to connect a traditional phone to the BT Socket. Users will have to adopt VOIP to be able to make and receive phone calls.
SoGFast Fibre Broadband is the GFast variant of SoGEA Fibre Broadband.
The up-to speeds that are currently available are:
No, you will receive exactly the same performance as you currently do. In some bases you will get a better performance since there is no call traffic that can interfere with integrity of the service.
SoGEA is not available everywhere but it is available to 28 million premises across the UK. It will become more and more common over the next few months (October 2020). You can use our availability checker to find out what is available at your premises.
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