HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE LEFT?
It’s important to remember that whilst the full switch off is in 24 months, you will have limited time to prepare and will face price rises as VoIP demand grows.
From September 2023, you will be unable to make any changes to your existing analogue and digital lines, including transfers or additions.
You cannot use your analogue lines, digital lines or equipment, as they will cease working. You must switch before this date.
Switching to a VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) system early will help you avoid price increases and limited engineer availability.
Changing later is achievable, but with engineers facing full demand for their timetables, there is no guarantee you won’t face disruption.
AN IN-DEPTH LOOK
PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) is an older technology, operating under the same principles of the first ever public phone network. It uses analogue voice data, sent via copper cable phone lines.
ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) is a more recent technology from the late 1980s that sends both voice and data services over digital lines at the same time. ISDN was the standard system for years, but now more than ever, companies need high bandwidth to support videoconferencing and cloud-based work-sharing.
In short, PSTN and ISDN lines power a huge range of services, including phone landlines, alarms, CCTV and door entry systems. The switch-off has begun, meaning that all of these services will need to have moved over to Internet Protocol (IP) networks by December 2025.
Why is PSTN/ISDN being switched off?
Openreach state that they have made the decision to switch-off the PSTN and ISDN lines for a number of reasons. The main one is that the demand for using the legacy lines has plummeted in recent years. It is also extremely expensive for Openreach to maintain those legacy lines alongside their other services.
Openreach have been rolling out fibre services for well over a decade now, putting the UK in a good position for the switch. They believe that the UK’s infrastructure is now stable enough to operate purely via digital networks.
What’s it being replaced with?
VoIP. If you are moving over from analogue phones then you will save money from no longer having to pay for expensive analogue line telephone bills. With VoIP you will likely benefit from better call quality too.
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