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SoGEA broadband

SoGEA broadband (Single Order Generic Ethernet Access) provides your business with broadband, without the need for a traditional phone line. So, everything you require is covered in a single order, with one supplier.

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What is SoGEA broadband?

Delivered by Focus Group, SoGEA broadband provides you with everything you need to connect your business to the internet. SoGEA, which stands for Single Order Generic Ethernet Access, is a broadband service which delivers the same performance and data levels as FTTC (fibre to the cabinet) but it takes the need for the installation of a traditional phone line out of the equation so it provides a cost effective alternative to broadband without including an unwanted phone line. SoGEA broadband offers speeds of up to 80Mbs and can be combined with a VoIP service such as Horizon or Phoneline+ to provide phone and broadband to your premises, allowing you to transfer your old phone number and business broadband service into one connection.

Features of SoGEA Broadband

One line, no PSTN line

SoGEA is a dedicated internet line that delivers a broadband connection to business premises but it doesn’t run over a traditional PSTN (public switched telephone network) phone line, instead using the same fibre-based technology as FTTC. So, you no longer need to make two orders to have phone and broadband, one for PSTN and then a separate broadband order. SoGEA broadband works with VoIP technology, combining these services into in a single order. With PSTN becoming outdated and slowly being replaced there is no better time to adopt and SoGEA broadband service, moving your businesses away from PSTN technology before it is invitably switch off over the next few years.

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SoGEA broadband is fast and reliable

SoGEA broadband uses fibre-based technology from the local exchange to the PCP (the green street cabinets) to deliver broadband to your business premises. This provides fast speeds of up to 80Mbps and greater stability than traditional copper-based phone lines. SoGEA lines boast a more reliable connection with a much lower risk of downtime due to faults. With a higher than average bandwidth and superior speeds SoGEA is the perfect alternative to PSTN for any business.

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Get up and running with ease with a SoGEA line

Focus Group will have you up and running with in no time at all, with a quick installation and reliable connection. And since everything’s in one place, there’s no running around to report and resolve connection issues with multiple suppliers – making life a lot easier. Above all, a SoGEA line guarantees future-proof connectivity as the UK moves to an all-IP network.

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What is the benefit of a SoGEA line?

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Reliable and cost effective

SoGEA broadband gives download speeds of up to 80Mbs, using the same reliable and resilient fibre-based technology as traditional fibre broadband (FTTC). Plus, all SoGEA packages come with an ‘unmetered’ usage policy, meaning you can use as much data as you need, all wrapped up into one monthly rental charge.

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One supplier, one point of contact

SoGEA is a standalone, broadband-only connection so you won’t need to install and pay for a landline telephone line as well. Which means you only need to place one order, making the installation process really straightforward, and you’ll only have one point of contact for any service queries moving forwards.

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Future-proof

The UK’s phone and broadband network is undergoing a digital transformation! Openreach is updating local telephone exchanges across the country - upgrading the traditional public switched telephone network (PSTN) to full fibre network to enable fast, reliable and cost-effective connectivity. SoGEA broadband will ensure your business stays in touch and ready for an all-digital future!

Frequently asked questions

SoGEA is designed to meet the growing demand for high speed business broadband without the need for a landline. Created from the Openreach fibre to the cabinet infrastructure, SoGEA broadband can deliver superfast speeds of up to 80Mbps, suitable for business currently running an analogue PSTN line.

Yes, SoGEA broadband uses fibre optic cables from the local exchange to the PCP (the green street cabinets). From the cabinet the service is supplied to your premises using copper cables. Although this “looks like” traditional Fibre Broadband (FTTC), the line coming into the premises is a SoGEA data line not a phone line and therefore won’t be impacted by the PTSN switch off in 2025.

Openreach is updating local telephone exchanges across the country – switching off the traditional public switched telephone network (PSTN) and upgrading to a full fibre network to enable fast, reliable and cost-effective connectivity. SoGEA broadband will ensure your business stays in touch and ready for an all-digital future!

SoGEA stands for Single Order Generic Ethernet Access and provides your business broadband connection, without the need for a traditional PSTN line which forced businesses to have a connection for both a broadband and phone line. So, rather than having one supplier for your phone line and another for your internet services, SoGEA broadband provides everything you need to connect your business is in one place.

A SoGEA broadband connection provides you with the high-speed fibre broadband only connection you need to run your business efficiently, without the need to connect and pay for a separate phone line. Saving your business time and money! SoGEA lines are replacing the Openreach PSTN network as it is being switch off over the next few years, meaning those who don't switch to a SoGEA line or fibre alternative will lose their business broadband connection when it is inevitably phased out. SoGEA is now available SoGEA broadband lines are available at over 28 million premises around the UK.

Yes, absolutely. using a an internet-based VoIP (voice over internet protocol) telecoms solution – such as PhoneLine+ or Gamma Horizon to run in parallel with SoGEA broadband you will be able to bring your business phone number with you when you switch to a SoGEA line. Your supplier will be able to port your existing business phone number(s) to your new service, providing all of the benefits of a VoIP phone system while maintaining current phone number(s).

Business broadband case studies

Sussex Cricket
Hospitality

Focus Group appointed to provide full stadium wireless coverage for all visitors and fans at Sussex Cricket Club.

Blacksheep Coffee
Retail

Fast growing coffee chain require a scalable and fully managed wireless solution.

Honda Uk
Automotive

Super-fast business broadband enables Honda car dealership to stay connected at all times.

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