The Big Switch Off 2025 – is your company prepared for the end of ISDN landlines?

Landlines are being phased out, and by 2025 the landline telephone network as we know it will be obsolete. All landline phones are being replaced with a digital network (IP Network). Just how will the PSTN Switch off in 2025 impact your business and your company communications? Have you started the process from landlines to VoIP services? What does this mean for your business communications, and how can you plan and prepare for the Switch Off? In our blog, we explain how this will affect your business, and the actions you need to be taking now, read on for more.

A big change for all businesses is already in progress, driven by broadband and phone companies the move to mobile and digital communications: landlines are being replaced and going obsolete. Following in the footsteps of dial-up internet, red telephone kiosks, MySpace and Yahoo messenger, and traditional cabled landlines are being scrapped. Openreach is stopping the PSTN (and ISDN) service in 2025, and that’s less than 3 years away, and, from September 2023 (next year!), you won’t be able to order any new or additional landlines.

The plan is that by 2025 every UK phone line will be digital and routing calls over IP – (Internet Protocol), PSTN will be no more.

What exactly is The Big Switch Off, and how will it impact my business?

The Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) has been around since the late 1800s, which, is really impressive considering how fast technology has developed. Based on analogue technology, the landline was designed to connect voice calls across the world using physical lines from network to network. As with all inventions and technology, it’s got old, outdated, too cumbersome, too challenging to maintain and frankly, too ineffective for the communication requirements of the 21st century. In today’s age of digitalisation, the benefits and simplicity of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), a fully digital system that sends voice calls as data over a broadband connection, is all we need as it delivers super simple solutions, and reliability. Au revoir landlines…..

What does my business need to do to prepare for The Big Switch Off 2025?

If your business still uses PSTN or ISDN connections, start planning now to change your solutions to VoIP. Your business may have other systems reliant on your telephone network, as It’s not just landlines that you need to consider. Ensure you check the following systems and solutions, and their compatibility with VoIP:

  • Phones
  • Faxes
  • Lift communication systems
  • and fire or security alarms that, in case of emergency, call monitoring centres to raise an alarm.

The professional telecommunications team at Cloud and More, can help assess your current communication solutions, offer advice and assistance to plan any changes that need to be addressed or implemented, and recommend, source, install and manage cost-effective services.  

If you’d like to learn more, we’re more than happy to help. Feel free to get in touch with the Cloud and More telephony experts to help define the most effective, and efficient suite of connectivity solutions that will be best for your business. If you’d like more information about your options, why not book a no-obligation meeting with one of the Cloud and More communication experts? 

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