I was checking the dsl checker last night and noticed that they have added WBC SOGEA to one of the service offerings that require 10 days stable connection time.
I did a bit of research and it appears SOGEA (Single Order Generic Ethernet Access, essentially broadband only packages and no voice transmitted across the line) will be getting trialled soon. Openreach apparently wants to trial this between now and March 2016.
What's your opinions on SOGEA? I personally think it's a good idea for those who only use their service for internet. The concept of voice across landlines is decreasing with mobile usage increasing.
This is likely to be a business product for Point To Point Ethernet access over VDSL. This would be a cheaper option than the current Short Haul Data product which use fibre all of the way.
Business customers prefer an Ethernet presentation as its easier to connect to their equipment.
I would be very surprised if a residential service is provided, as there would be no way to call emergency services.
Voice support would be via VOIP, which many businesses already use.
@Keith_Beddoe According to this article , Naked VDSL (SOGEA) is being targeted towards consumers, aka residential people. I very very much doubt that someone who needs to call the emergency services will be so remote that there won't be someone else nearby: either they could use another line to call out or just use their mobile phone.
I strongly suspect that Naked DSL is really more targeted to users who don't need or want a phone service, which is actually becoming more common and seems to be common in people ordering Infinity. I've even seen threads on here with users just using their line for nothing but broadband, presumably because they have a mobile phone or access to Skype to call people, especially since Skype is a free service and costs nothing.
According to some research I did (just googling WBC SOGEA), it appears that you might be able to add voice services onto a SOGEA service later if you need it in the future. Interestingly, the article in question also hints at the trials of VDSL Amplification, intended to extend the reach of the VDSL service still further.
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I read the whole of that BTW document online as a PDF, I think perhaps it was not intended to be put on the Internet.
People do not like paying line rental for a phone they do not use, however the pricing of the product is still going to have to include the line rental aspect, so I cannot see it being any cheaper, and if you have no mobile coverage, you are still going to need a phone.
Business users are also customers.
We will have to wait and see.
Naked or dry loops are available in most G20 countries. In Canada, I pay $9 per month (about £5) to Bell Canada to 'rent' my local loop... and a separate amount to my DSL ISP. This has been a regulatory requirement and available in Canada for many years. BT delays - and associating dry loop availability with FTTC or FTTH - are obstructionist and diversionary... but profitable. £17 per month for a phone service that is rarely or never used is a great scam.