My area has just had FTTP made available. So fgar I have only found BT & Zen as potential ISPs. One difference is that BT "offer" a FVA service (they call it Fibre Home Phone). I am trying to determine the best place in the house to have the ONT. One of my issues is with the infrastructure of the FVA service.
Yeah, we are still down as being part of the Commercial FTTP Project, sadly this has been taking over 4 years to do even though we have had all the fibre hardware sitting there since 2011, but I have been told its very near completion, but yeah, not many ISP's to choose from.
1. Note I said "offer" above since when I tested out the ordering process on BT's web site it gave me no choice, automatically putting me on Fibre Home Phone.
Not that I have heard, I have heard that you have to order the FVA to get it, not too sure of the price, I know we will probably order that once our fibre has been done and ready to order, our copper line is so bad at the moment to a point where we can hear high pitch static screeching on the phone line.
2. I understand that I will get a new Openreach faceplate on my master socket which will allow it to be disconnected from the external copper. This allows me to use my existing phone extensions in the house. My question is: HOW? Is it the case that the master socket must now have a cable plugged into it to connect it to the TEL1 port on the ONT?
Yes, you get a new faceplate that replaces the current one if one is installed, and there is a switch that has copper and fibre on the top, this is to disconnect your existing copper phone line for your internal phone wiring.
On the ONT you have a TEL1 and TEL2 sockets, I think TEL1 is connected to the new master face plate and all the new face plate does is switch between the to inputs (Copper or Fibre), I will take a look when ours is ready, but there is probably more chance you seeing it first.