BT is contemplating the launch of a new standalone fibre broadband service.
The service provider's infrastructure division Openreach has proposed a new product option - Single-Order GEA-FTTC - that could allow customers to take fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) broadband without home phone calls.
As reported by Thinkbroadband, Openreach said the product would give communications providers (CPs) purchasing BT's FTTC product the option of placing "a single, convenient order" to provide customers with a fibre broadband service.
"By building the underlying copper line into the product, CPs benefit from reduced complexity when ordering fibre broadband which is not coupled with a traditional voice service," the firm stated.
"CPs will have the option of introducing innovative IP-based voice services for their customers."
Openreach added that the copper circuit from the exchange to the FTTC cabinet will be primarily used for line testing.
Should BT start offering fibre broadband without home phone calls, this may allow customers to access super-fast services at a cheaper price point.
It is expected they would still be required to pay line rental, but there would be no charge for inclusive minutes.