Analogue Phone Switch off: What you need to know

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5 November, 2019

Do you know about the analogue phone switch off in 2025? While it’s only 5 years away it will come around fast. When the time comes there will be around 16 million lines and channels that require upgrades. So, now is the time to get ready and put together a plan of action.

But before we help you with that, let’s look at what an analogue phone line is and the reasons for the switch off.

black analogue phone on desk

What is analogue?

Analogue refers to traditional phones systems like PSTN and ISDN. PSTN stands for Public Switched Technology Network and is probably the term that you are most familiar with. Its origins go back to the 1800’s to the early days of copper wire phonelines. While ISDN stands for Integrated Services Digital Network and is a digital phone system that uses a PSTN network. In the 80’s, the introduction of ISDN transformed the way businesses communicated. It provided simultaneous voice, video, and text transmission between individual desktop and group (room) video conferencing systems.

So why the analogue switch off?

Basically, PSTN and ISDN are no longer fit for purpose due to the current digital demands. Both use copper wiring which cannot cope with the requirements of modern day telecommunication solutions like IP technology. Also, most businesses now require the faster reliable services that fibre optics provide.

What is IP technology?

IP stands for Internet Protocol. Internet Protocol is the method by which you send data from one computer to another via the internet. Each computer (known as a host) has at least one IP address that uniquely identifies it from the other computers on the internet. These IP addresses are like postcodes and it is these that ensure that the data arrives at the right destination.

IP technology allows both voice and data communications to be run via the internet. The two main types of IP phone systems currently in use are:

VoIP – Voice over Internet Protocol   This is the most common IP system. It uses the internet to make and receive phone calls anywhere in the world.

SIP – Session Initiation Protocol   SIP systems have the ability to do more than just process voice data, it sends and receives multimedia data like video calls.

How will this affect your business?

As of 2020 you will no longer be able to order or purchase a traditional PSTN or ISDN phone system. If you have a PSTN or ISDN line then you will need to move your current option to a VoIP system or an alternative solution.

Your options

You could stay with your current PSTN/ ISDN setup, but you need to consider the fact that you will be using 20th century technology. With no new future technology, software updates and features this could give you more headaches in long term. Or, alternatively, you could take advantage of the switch off and make your move to a modern day solution like a VoIP phone system. A VoIP system is a virtual system based in a data centre, which directs your calls in and out via the internet. Our VoIP phone solution has plenty to offer businesses from cheaper costs to improved flexibility. It allows you to make or take business calls from wherever you are, whether you are out the road, at a different office or working from home.

Get planning

  1. Book a demo  Whether you are new to VoIP or not, we know it’s always a good idea to try a product out before buying it. Why not call us and arrange a free demonstration of our phone solution.
  2. Let us know your requirements  We give you your options, from package deals to tailormade packages. So, you only pay for products and services that you need.
  3. Discuss your options  We work with you to get the perfect plan. We give you time to think about the recommendations and if it’s not perfect then we will look to find an alternative.
  4. Make your choice  You choose the option that you feel suits your business best.
  5. Installation  Our expert engineers will install and provide training so you can make the most of the features.

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