Introducing the new All-IP Solutions
The switch off of the traditional copper network affects more than voice. Although the PSTN and ISDN were initially built to support voice services, they also provide the underlying technology that supports ADSL and FTTC broadband solutions. As a result, providers have created new solutions to replace traditional products. Providing alternative technologies that are faster, more reliable and future-proof.

SOGEA: Data-only connection

Single Order Generic Ethernet Access, or SOGEA as it is more commonly known, is a data-only broadband solution provisioned on a single order. This means it doesn’t rely on a phone line like traditional broadband solutions. Resulting in a single access charge rather than line rental + broadband. Those users who do require a voice solution will need an Over The Top (OTT) service, such as VoIP. It uses a fibre connection from the exchange to the street side cabinet. Along with a newly adapted copper line from the cabinet to the premises. SOGEA offers download speeds of up to 80Mbps and upload speeds of up to 20Mbps. SOGEA is the most widely available Single Order broadband solution reaching over 28.5 million premises in May 2021.

FTTP: Ultrafast full fibre

Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) is a full fibre solution. It uses fibre optic cables, instead of copper lines, all the way from the exchange through to the end user premises. FTTP can offer speeds of up to 1Gbps and is the ultimate future-proof broadband solution. Now available to 6 million premises in the UK. Providers are currently working hard to expand their coverage. With Openreach pledging to reach 25 million premises by 2026. Like SOGEA, FTTP is a Single Order broadband product. Meaning there is no line rental required and the broadband connection supports the optional OTT voice solution.

VoIP: Data-based Voice Solution

Voice over IP, Hosted Voice and IP Telephony are just some of the terms used to refer to a voice solution that is supported by a data connection. VoIP works by taking analogue voice signals, converting them into digital signals, and sending them as data over a means of internet access. This means that, combined with a reliable broadband connection and a compatible handset or softphone, you can enable VoIP at just the push of a few buttons. IP telephony solutions require little to no hardware as they’re able to work via softphone applications. That means no expensive desk phones or lengthy contracts for handsets. With both desktop and mobile apps available for all good hosted voice products, users can take control of their voice calls anywhere, any time.

SIP-Trunking: Stepping Stone to All-IP

SIP Trunking is a direct replacement for ISDN. Allowing users to make and receive calls using IP technology without completely replacing their PBX. It is the perfect solution for businesses who don’t want to move to a fully hosted system yet. Whether that is due to lengthy contracts on their current solution or they are just not ready for change. SIP Trunking can act as a steppingstone to All-IP. The right SIP trunking provider will be able to give users a transition plan. So if a business is not in a position to replace their on-premise equipment, they will be able to move their numbers to the IP network. Then, at later stage, make the quick and easy move to a fully hosted system with no service downtime.

Single Line Voice: Perfect for Micro Businesses

Single Line Voice solutions are an alternative to feature-rich VoIP propositions. Ideal for micro businesses who need only one or two phone users. These Single Line replacement solutions use the same IP technology but generally only offer basic features. Such as voicemail and caller display. Unlike multi-user VoIP services that come with premium functionality.