ADSL to SoGEA Broadband: What You Need to Know

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If you are a business owner or manager, you may be wondering what is the difference between ADSL and SoGEA broadband, and why you should consider switching from one to the other. ADSL and SoGEA are both types of broadband connections that use copper wires to deliver internet data to your premises. However, they have some key differences in terms of speed, cost, installation and compatibility.

What is ADSL?

ADSL stands for Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line. It is a type of broadband that provides an internet connection through the same line as your home phone. It is the most basic and commonly available type of connection in the UK.

ADSL works by using spectrum above the band used by voice telephone calls. With a DSL filter, often called splitter, the frequency bands are isolated, permitting a single telephone line to be used for both ADSL service and telephone calls at the same time.

ADSL is generally only installed for short distances from the telephone exchange (the last mile), typically less than 4 kilometres (2.5 mi), but has been known to exceed 8 kilometres (5 mi) if the originally laid wire gauge allows for further distribution.

At the telephone exchange, the line generally terminates at a digital subscriber line access multiplexer (DSLAM) where another frequency splitter separates the voice band signal for the conventional phone network. Data carried by the ADSL are typically routed over the telephone company’s data network and eventually reach a conventional Internet Protocol network.

What is SoGEA?

SoGEA stands for Single Order Generic Ethernet Access. It is a type of broadband that allows users to access high-speed internet without the need for a traditional phone line.

New Faceplate for SoGEA
New Faceplate for SoGEA

SoGEA works by using fibre optic cables to deliver internet data to your premises. Unlike ADSL, which uses copper wires that can degrade over long distances, fibre optic cables can transmit data far quicker than cable or ADSL.

SoGEA does not require a parallel phone line to be installed and connected to your premises. Instead, it uses a single order generic Ethernet access that can be installed at any point along the copper line from your premises to the street cabinet. A copper line is still used to connect your premises to the internet.

SoGEA offers faster speeds than ADSL, up to 330mb download and 50mb upload. It also offers more reliable performance and less interference from other circuits at the DSLAM end.

Why switch from ADSL to SoGEA?

There are several reasons why you may want to switch from ADSL to SoGEA broadband for your business:

  • Faster speeds: SoGEA offers faster speeds than ADSL, up to 330mb download and 50mb upload. This means you can enjoy smoother online experiences such as streaming HD videos, downloading large files or gaming online. 2020Media are offering up to 80Mbps download and 20Mbps upload initially.
  • More reliable performance: SoGEA offers more reliable performance than ADSL, as it does not depend on copper wires that can degrade over long distances or be affected by weather conditions or other factors.
  • Less interference: SoGEA offers less interference than ADSL, as it does not share bandwidth with other phone lines or services. This means you can avoid delays or disruptions in your internet connection due to congestion or maintenance.
  • Cheaper cost: SoGEA offers cheaper cost than ADSL, as it does not require a parallel phone line or additional equipment such as splitters. You only pay for your broadband data connection and nothing else.
  • Easier installation: SoGEA offers easier installation than ADSL, as it does not require digging trenches or laying new wires. You can simply order a SoGEA line from us and have it installed at any point along your existing copper line.

How easy is it to switch from ADSL to SoGEA?

Switching from ADSL to SoGEA broadband is not difficult if you follow these steps:

  1. Check if we offer SoGEA broadband in your area. You can use our availability checker tool to find out if we offer this service or contact us with your address.
  2. Order SoGEA by getting a full detailed quote that will set out exactly what you will pay.
  3. Wait for us to install your SoGEA line – 10 working days is our typical installation.
  4. Enjoy your faster and more reliable internet connection at home or work with SoGEA broadband.

Is SoGEA suitable for use at Home?

SoGEA is the only type of broadband that is available for  new installations in home use in the UK, as BT have switched off new phone line provisioning.

SoGEA services can offer benefits over traditional phone line and broadband packages, with their complex billing structures and regular price increases. SoGEA home broadband plans from have a fixed monthly cost, flexible monthly contracts and no requirment for a landline phone that is rarely used.


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