What are we talking about?
If you are reading this post you have likely heard the news that BT has announced their plans to switch off their PSTN and ISDN networks. We’ve noticed that the precise details of the plans vary massively from one source to the next, making it difficult for end users to plan for the future of their business.
In this post we aim to outline exactly what the “Switch Off” actually means and how this will effect UK businesses.
What is the Switch Off?
BT have indeed announced plans to switch off their PSTN and ISDN network in 2025. This is following an increasing decline in both live circuits and new sales with more and more customers turning to alternative products.
The Switch Off is being rolled out in two phases:
As of 2020, BT will no longer be accepting any new orders or amend requests, meaning anyone looking to increases their line capacity will need to look at alternative products.
As of 2025, BT will be switching off any remaining active PSTN and ISDN circuits.
Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulators, have relased the following statement with regards the future of fixed line services.
Ofcom – Fixed Line Future
What should I do now?
Ideally, everyone with existing PSTN and ISDN services really needs to start looking at alternative solutions. The good news is, there are a few to choose from and each is as tested and reliable as the last. For example:
Hosted VOIP is a very popular solution for many reasons, including unrivaled flexibility, very low initial purchase costs and reduced ongoing costs whilst maintaining all the features of a traditional telephone system plus more!
SIP Trunks are an equally popular choice, often with a small upgrade to your existing setup you can connect your current equipment to VOIP technology and benefit from all savings and features that come with it without any changes to your day to day running.
In short, ISDN and PSTN have reached the end of their life, this is because more efficient and productive products are now readily available and quickly taking over. Meaning the traditional methods are no longer required.
The good news is, with our help, the transition from traditional to future-proof really is a painless and hassle free experience.
Get in touch with our team today for some friendly and professional advice. They will walk you through all the best available options ensuring we find the best product for your requirements.
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What does it all mean?
Firstly, what is PSTN? PSTN stands for Public Switched Telephone Network. As far as you and I are concerned this refers to analogue lines (we would call it a telephone line). Each line will usually be associated with a single telephone number and these lines are generally used for the transfer of voice and data.
Next, what is ISDN? ISDN stands for Integrated Services Digital Network. We would call these digital lines and these are popular amongst many businesses because of their flexibility for example ISDN allows for multiple numbers on each channel giving business the ability to give staff individual direct dial numbers without the need to have multiple physical lines.
For more information, download Openreach’s FAQ’s here: Download FAQ’s