Copper pair

DSL Broadband needs a copper pair to work. Normally people just use a BT telephone line that is used for something else like normal telephone service or fax or credit card machine. We can provide a copper pair specially for our broadband. This is sometimes referred to as "Naked DSL" in that there is no telephone service as such, and no need to separately purchase a phone line to have the broadband service.

(Of course, we also provide services over true fibre connections which do not need a copper pair.)

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Pricing overview

Installation £60.00 Learn more

Installation of a new copper pair for A&A broadband use. No outgoing calls.

£60.00 one off
(or) Phone line takeover £15.00 Learn more

Taking over an existing PSTN service, for A&A broadband use. No outgoing calls.

£15.00 one off
(or) Start an existing PSTN line £15.00 Learn more

Start an existing PSTN line that has been stopped, for A&A broadband use. No outgoing calls.

£15.00 one off
Take over non-BT line £24.00 Learn more

Take over an existing non BT provided phone line (eg Sky and others) You will lose the existing number.

£24.00 one off
Monthly rental (Residential) £10.00 Learn more

Monthly rental for the copper pair

£10.00 per month
Monthly rental (Business) £10.00 +VAT Learn more

Monthly rental for the copper pair

£10.00 +VAT per month

We also provide a service where we can take over your phone line and port your phone line number to our VoIP service. Learn more.

Single contact for bills

We are one supplier providing the whole service. This can be helpful as accounts departments in large companies are fond of cutting off random single phone lines if they do not know what they are for. Being on the broadband bill avoids the problem. It also helps put the bill in the right budget.

Whilst the copper pair is provided for broadband only use, it is normally listed separately on the bill. The copper pair is billed from the date it is provided even if the broadband is not yet provided, and billed to the date it is ceased (or migrated) even if the broadband has already ceased. The copper pair has no minimum term. We do not generally offer copper pairs without an associated broadband service.

Single contact for faults

This also provides one point of contact for any fault with the services. This is useful as normally faults have to be classified as voice or broadband at the start and reported to the voice provider or us accordingly. Having one point of contact means we have to sort it either way.

Keeping your number

Many people see using a copper pair for actual telephony as somewhat antiquated and would like to move the copper pair to us for broadband but move their number to Voice over IP. Normally moving a number to VoIP kills the phone line and broadband, but we can do this without a break in service. This only works where the number is originally a BT number, not ported from another provider.

When ordering broadband, or if you have broadband from us you can order a phone line take over, you are offered the option to take over the line and port the number. The process then works like this...

  • We set up the number on our VoIP system right away, this will allow you to make calls via VoIP using your number. You can still make and receive calls on the phone line.
  • Once the phone line moves to us (which normally takes 2 weeks) you will no longer be able to make calls on the line, but can do so by VoIP. Incoming calls will come in on the phone line still. At this point any incoming call features you had on the line, like Caller Display will be lost.
  • Finally, once the number port is complete (can take a further 2 weeks) the incoming calls start to come in via VoIP instead of the phone line.

A good way to manage this is to get something like the Gigaset DECT phone base and handset as this can work on VoIP but still connect to the phone line to allow incoming calls on the line until the process is complete. You should remember to program it to send any 999 calls to VoIP though, and ensure you have set the 999 address details on our control pages.

Installing a new line

In many cases we can take over an existing line or start a stopped line, but if you need a new line installed then an engineer will have to visit and complete the installation. This means we will arrange an appointment (morning or afternoon) and you need to ensure someone is there at that time (otherwise there is an abortive visit fee).

In some cases where cabling in to, or inside, your premises and master socket already exists, the engineer may use these, or the engineer may install a new master socket. This is normally where the cables enter the property or somewhere convenient nearby. He may have to drill holes, fix cable anchors to walls, run internal cabling, and other similar work - so ensure you have permission of landlord if renting. You can ask the engineer to put the socket elsewhere as long as that is less than an hour's work in your property. Please ensure you agree where the socket is to go when the engineer arrives. The engineer only installs one master socket and does not install extension cabling or additional sockets. If you need a more complex installation, contact our sales team in advance, but you may find it cheaper to engage an electrician or run extension cabling yourself.

How to order

Simply order your broadband service. As part of the ordering process we will ask if you want a copper pair with your broadband and take details of where you need it.

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The copper pair itself is installed by Openreach just like a BT phone line, on our behalf. No telephone service is provided on this copper pair, it is purely for broadband use, this includes calls to emergency services. Learn more.

Whilst there is no telephone service as such, the pair does have some audio when connected to a telephone - this is purely to stop any engineers thinking the pair is unused and taking it for another installation or fault repair. It also allows a quiet line test so one can hear crackles or interference that may be the cause of a fault. As such we still expect customers to have a telephone handset available for fault repair and diagnostics.

We do not normally allow any outbound calls.

Note: Phone lines are changing! We expect that lines will have no audio or tones at all at some point in the future.

Residential Copper Pair:

Standard Care Level 1 - Openreach aims to clear a fault by end of next working day + 1, Monday to Friday, excluding Public Holidays and Bank Holidays.


  • A fault reported at any time between 00.01 – 23.59.59 on Tuesday would have a commitment time of 23.59.59 on Thursday

Business Copper Pair:

Premium Care Level 2 - Openreach aims to clear a fault by end of next working day, Monday to Saturday, excluding Public Holidays and Bank Holidays.


  • A fault reported at any time between 00.01 – 23.59.59 on Tuesday would have a commitment time of 23.59.59 on Wednesday.

Total Care Option:

Total Care Level 3 - Openreach aims to clear a fault Reported by 12.59 before 23.59.59 same day. Should the fault be reported after 13.00, Openreach aims to clear by 12.59.59 next day (Monday – Sunday including Public and Bank Holidays).

Contact Sales

phone 03333 400222
(Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)
sms 01344 400222

Contact Support

phone 03333 400999
(Mon-Fri 8am-6pm,
Sat 10am-2pm)
sms 01344 400999