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BT SIN 498 MCT - Standard for the UK

What is SIN498?

When BT Broadband launched VDSL2 ('BT Infinity' or 'FTTC') in 2009, they provided customers with a modem (such as the 'HG612'), together with a separate router (the BT 'Home Hub'). Later versions of the BT home hub combined the router and modem into one box. Other ISPs mostly still used the BT Openreach supplied modem connected to a separate router of their choice.
Having a single uniform modem device on all lines made support easier as unknown devices could be eliminated as a possible cause. In 2015, BT Openreach announced that they would cease supplying a modem for VDSL2 lines, letting ISPs or end users select their own router/modem ('wires only' service). This does away with the requirement of an engineer visit when activating or 'installing' VDSL2 service.
'BT Openreach' is the separate division of BT responsible for infrastructure (street cabinets, phone lines etc.) and distinct from 'BT Broadband' which is the ISP service, in competition with all of the other ISPs (TalkTalk, Sky, EE, PlusNet, Zen, AAISP etc.).
BT 'SIN 498' is the specification defining BT's VDSL2 service requirements in order that products meet specific standards of support and compatibility.  In the testing programme (MCT - Modem Conformance Test), devices undergo extensive testing to check if they meet the standard and comply with all of BT's requirements. The MCT covers many different aspects of a device's operation and is conducted without vendor interaction - a device is submitted and at the end it either passes or fails.

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Looks like the Netgear have found there way onto the latest Approved Devices documentation (SIN498 is the generic document relating to GEA-FTTC and as such, applies to any device VDSL2 based device connected to the Openreach access network) and is attached below.

BTW List of Approved Modem CPE v 21.pdf (January 2018)

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