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The newly proposed Single Order GEA (SoGEA) product, also known as 'Naked FTTC' could now see its commercial launch delayed until late 2017, reports have suggested.

According to a recent update, BTOpenreach has suggested that it is still in the design stages for the new technology, which would give users the ability to order a standalone superfast "fibre broadband" (FTTC) line without needing to pay a separate fee for the phone service.

The product is likely to be seen as an attractive option for customers only using their phone lines for internet connectivity, although any bundle using the new service is likely to factor in the cost of maintaining the underlying copper pairs.

Reports from ISPreview.co.uk suggest that BTOpenreach are still in the design stages of the service, meaning that the launch plan is subject to change.

The first customer-focused trials are therefore set to be pushed back to January 2017 and could run into July.

An initial trial for the product was scheduled for earlier this year, ahead of a potential rollout between the Autumn 2015 and Summer 2016 window, only to be put back.

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