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Fibre Broadband

What is this acronym soup?

The confusing range of acronyms involved is not helping any non-tech savvy people understand this, but bear with us as we try to explain. Moving telephone services to be all digital means disrupting the way broadband has operated for the majority of people to date. If there is no telephone number on the copper line coming in to your building, the existing system of ADSL and fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) cannot work. They are linked to a PSTN number.


 The replacements for the existing systems are as follows:

FTTP - this is the best and fastest connection. Fibre line all the way into the building gives speeds of up to 1000Mbps up and down. This is only available to those living in an area where BT Openreach, or another provider such as Go-Fibre or Virgin have laid fibre cabling. If you live in Angus, Go-Fibre are laying cables for many towns, with Openreach nowhere to be seen. Whether they will ever be a competitor remains unclear. Our advice is to register interest with Go-Fibre on their website here ASAP if you are interested.

SoGEA - Single Order Generic Ethernet Access is the replacement for fibre to the cabinet. If you cannot get FTTP or you don't want the speeds - although pricing may force people to FTTP eventually - this is FTTC without the telephone part. Telephony, like all these changes, is done using VoIP.

SoTAP - Single Order Transitional Access Product is the so-called temporary solution for those who cannot get broadband by any existing fibre - FTTP or FTTC. These rural customers will have to replace their ADSL product with SoTAP.  In theory SOTAP will offer speeds up to 17Mbps but may be much lower. This is a very new product, having only just been launched as a trial at the end of May 2022, going live in July 2022. Full commercial launch is probably 2024. This product is meant to be a stop-gap until everyone has FTTP. Don't hold your breath Glenn Ogil.

Why should I care?

Doing nothing is not an option. Everyone will have to transition to either FTTP, SoGEA or SoTAP by 2025. If FTTP is available to you it is probably best to take it. The prices for the more basic speeds of 100Mbps or 300Mbps will be almost the same as 70Mbps SoGEA products and FTTP will quickly become the norm anyway. A VoIP phone will be required.


If FTTP is not available and you can get, or are already on FTTC, you should upgrade to SoGEA. It will mean getting a VoIP phone, but the cost of VoIP is lower than PSTN because there is no line rental.

If you live in a rural area, the chances are you will not be able to get FTTC, never mind FTTP. The situation here is not good. With the replacement SoTAP product barely out of trial and not rolled out nationally until some time in 2024, rural areas are again being left behind. Just how things will pan out before the switch off in 2025 is unclear.

Please also read my advice on VoIP here.


Angus PC Repairs can help you transition to an all-digital telephone and broadband future. Your circumstances are unique and the best solution may be to get all your services from one company, or it may be to cherry pick products from several providers. We can advise on and setup a system which suits your business or home and does so in the most cost effective way.

Please don't be bullied into buying an expensive package from BT with the salesman's patter regardinng cut-off dates. You have until December 2025, but leaving it too late is not sensible either.

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The era of full fibre to the premises (FTTP) is finally a reality for Angus businesses and homes. With Go-Fibre rolling out FTTP to most of the towns in Angus during 2023-24, there will be speeds of up to 1000Mbps upload and download. For those people not able to get FTTP there are also major changes ahead. The switch-off of traditional telephone services (PSTN) and the need to use voice over internet (VoIP) will mean every existing broadband connection will need to be updated in some way by the end of 2025.


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