In 2015 BT Openreach announced their intention to gradually switch off their PSTN and ISDN services. The telecoms provider began shutting down networks in 2020 and will stop installing new ISDN lines by September 2023. By December 2025, PSTN circuits will be shut off completely, leaving traditional phone lines inoperative.
Due to the withdrawal of BT’s PSTN and ISDN services, you should consider moving your business phone lines away from ISDN as soon as possible.
You may think you still have plenty of time to migrate to VoIP, but for many companies, the migration is happening NOW.
Here’s a summary of the terms we’ll be using throughout our PSTN and ISDN summary:
PSTN stands for Public Switched Telephone Network – the old circuit-switched network that powers traditional telephone lines and cables.
ISDN stands for Integrated Services Digital Network. It uses digital transmission to make phone calls and transmit data over the circuits of the PSTN.
Traditional telephony systems, such as PSTN and ISDN systems, run on a premise-based physical box, that is connected by wires to individual phones.
Voice over internet protocol (VoIP) is a type of phone system that uses an internet connection to make and receive calls. The eliminates the need for telephone boxes and cables.
The nature of telecommunications has changed drastically in the past decade, so much so that PSTN and ISDN services can no longer offer the fast communication that customers require today.
With that, BT Openreach has decided to stop investing money and labour into a technology that can’t fulfil the needs of the modern business landscape. Instead, they’re paving the way for a fully cloud based network that can meet customer demands as well as the demands of a new technological era.
After December 2025, all PSTN and ISDN services will be switched-off, so traditional telephone lines will no longer work.
Other technology systems that run on traditional telephone lines – such as CCTV cameras, fax machines and point-of-sale (EPOS) devices – will also be affected and will no longer work as required.
Around 2.4 million businesses in the UK still operate on PSTN or ISDN, most of which are SMEs – if you’re one of them you should start planning your move to VoIP today. Your migration to VoIP will dramatically impact your business operations if you don’t leave enough time to plan and implement that correct solution for your business.
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VoIP stands for voice over internet protocol and is a cloud-based telephony solution.
VoIP can also be referred to as “internet telephony” and “IP telephony”.
VoIP services transmit voice and multimedia content via an internet connection. This means phone and video calls can be made from anywhere, at any time, using only a mobile device and an internet connection, which makes VoIP the perfect solution for businesses with remote and hybrid workers.
VoIP typically includes other features that aren’t available with traditional phone systems. These features can include call recording, custom caller ID, and voicemail to e-mail. This is why VoIP is also known as a unified communications (UC) solution.
As VoIP systems are cloud-based, they eliminate the need for telephone boxes, cabling and other on-site hardware.
VoIP phone systems offer a wealth of business benefits, including an easy setup process. For a step-by-step guide on how to switch from ISDN to VoIP please see our handy guide below.
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