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All Change!

Fibre optic cable

What is no secret but is treated like it is?

OK, we’ll give you a clue: It’s to do with telecoms.

Still no idea? Well, we’re not altogether surprised because, rather like any other elephant in the room, it’s too big to miss but, at the same time, too awkward for many of us to face head on. Here it is: UK Telecoms as we know and love them are about to be turned off.


The Analogue lines we use at home and in our smaller offices? Finished.

ISDN 2 and 30? Finished

LLU SMPF, which allows Broadband to be carried over a copper network and as used by Talk Talk and others? Finished.

SLU SMPF; LLU standing for Local Loop Unbundling, and SLU for Sub Loop Unbundling? It doesn’t matter, both finished.

Narrowband Line Share, the same.

What are defined as Classic Products, essentially anything else that depends on copper, finito.

So, that would be every variety of traditional phone lines and broadband?


All 28 million such connections in service today, and every one of those 28 million is going to have to do something about it before the end of 2025.

OK, so it’s not happening tomorrow, but when thinking in terms of a substantial infrastructure change, four years doesn’t give you that much time to play with, so what’s the answer?

It probably won’t surprise you to hear that it’s the internet, or more specifically it’s VoIP, Voice over Internet Protocol, and instead of your existing broadband, ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) and FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) you’ll have to have a SoGEA line (Single Order Generic Ethernet Access), FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) or some sort of leased line equivalent. And, no, we don’t know why there’s a lower case ‘o’ in SoGEA.

Of these options, the majority of us will be adequately serviced by a SoGEA line and the good thing is we’ll be using the same “line” for both telecoms and broadband so could end up saving some money.

What next? Well, it’s actually up to you. At some point in the next couple of years you’re going to have to review your existing phone and broadband arrangement and make plans for the change, and you’ll almost definitely need a quality Telecoms partner to consult and plan forward with. Which would be us, of course!

If you are unsure, or just want a human that speaks English to chat with, give us a call on 033 33 58 33 33.

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