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PSTN Switch Off 2025

Is your business prepared for the 2025 Switch Off?

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What is the PSTN Switch Off?

A more robust network, fiber, is replacing the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). When the PSTN is fully decommissioned, all conventional PSTN lines, including analog or digital phone lines, ISDN phone systems used by companies, and older internet connections like ADSL and FTTC broadband, will become entirely outdated. Openreach is upgrading local phone exchanges throughout the UK and transitioning to a complete fiber network to enable quick, dependable, and cost-effective connectivity. It is, therefore, essential to upgrade your telecommunications and connectivity to ensure that your business remains connected and prepared for a fully digital future!

When is the Switch Off Happening?

BT Openreach has scheduled the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) to be discontinued in 2025, necessitating an upgrade to a new service for all UK citizens, including businesses, who currently use PSTN-based services.

Openreach has been laying fiber in place of the copper-based PSTN network and is on track to replace every connection in the UK by 2025. However, such a large-scale rollout takes time, and migration to full fiber is already underway. In several exchange areas, copper-based PSTN services are no longer available.

It’s essential to ensure that your business is prepared for the PSTN switch-off, but there’s no need to worry. It’s an exciting time, and the advantages of a full-fiber, IP network are tremendous!

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Does it affect me?

Reports indicate that approximately 2.4 million businesses throughout the UK still use legacy telephone lines and ISDN networks, which rely on the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). However, with the PSTN switch-off approaching quickly, it’s important to make sure your business isn’t one of them. Legacy systems won’t function in the future!

If your business currently uses ISDN/PSTN telephony or broadband services, there’s no better time than now to begin exploring the advantages of upgrading to fiber-based technology. It’s a fantastic opportunity to improve your connectivity and stay up to date with the latest advancements in communication technology.

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Why is PSTN being switched off?

Did you know that the traditional PSTN network, made of copper, is quite old and has become quite delicate and challenging to maintain? It was installed in the late 1800s and hasn’t kept up with the needs of modern communications in the 21st century. Nowadays, we use mobile and internet communications, and speed and reliability are top priorities. Fortunately, digital technology is here to meet our high expectations! Hosted Phone Systems are a feature-rich and cost-effective solution!

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What do I need to do?

The discontinuation of the complete PSTN system in 2025 may seem distant, but a sales stop on new ISDN or PSTN-related services will be implemented in many parts of the UK much earlier. Starting in September 2023, traditional phone lines will no longer be available in any exchange region. Therefore, it’s the perfect opportunity to investigate the latest and cutting-edge services available for your company to ensure that you are ready for the future!

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