Have you heard BT is switching off their PSTN and ISDN network in 2025?
BT has boldly announced its intention to switch off their PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) and ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) network in 2025 in favour of VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) voice services. The phase-out will begin in 2020. At this point, BT will cease taking ISDN orders. UK businesses will be positioned to upgrade their business telephony systems and services to a mature VoIP telephony solution.
What is PSTN and ISDN?
PSTN is commonly referred to as a basic single analogue telephone line that is primarily used for making voice calls, connecting to fax machines, payment terminals and connecting to a router for internet connections such as ADSL2+ (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber line) and FTTC (Fibre To The Cabinet). PSTN technology is extremely old, used by millions of homes and small businesses throughout the UK who only need one telephone number, the ability to make or receive one concurrent telephone call and for UK broadband services mentioned. Generally speaking, PSTN lines do not require a PBX (Private Branch Exchange) known as a business telephone system and are gradually being phased out with the introduction FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) and hosted VoIP telephony services.
ISDN requires a PBX telephone system fitted and is often more expensive compared to a VoIP hosted phone system. ISDN carries voice and data services over copper PSTN lines in a digital format which provides better voice quality. In the UK, British Telecom (BT) provides ISDN2 as well as ISDN30. ISDN2 enables two concurrent telephone calls at the same time over one PSTN line but can be expanded up to 8 telephone lines. ISDN30 is used by businesses that require 10-30 lines or more. Both types of ISDN lines include the option of adding DDI (Direct Dialling In) numbers that are used with a PBX to provide staff with individual numbers that allow callers to bypass the operator and be directed straight to the required extension. As businesses gain access to better quality broadband services, ISDN lines will fast be phased out as organisations adopt a more cost-effective, efficient way of working with a proven hosted VoIP phone system that just works!
Why are PSTN and ISDN telephone lines being phased out?
Simply put, BT has acknowledged that these systems are out-of-date so they have decided not to invest any more time and money on outdated technology. The next step for businesses to take is to invest in a VoIP hosted system which will enhance business operations for now and well into the future.
Did you know?
As of 2017, over 2 million businesses still use an ISDN connection in the UK, all of which are affected by the upcoming switch off.
A 2017 survey has also shown that a quarter of the UK’s businesses are still unaware that the great BT switch off is even taking place.
With time running out. Businesses need to be made aware of the upcoming changes so they can take action and begin the necessary switch to a VoIP hosted solution today!
Future-proof your business with a cloud-based VoIP telephony system.
Unlike on premise PBX systems which require expensive capital investment, cloud based VoIP telephone system has minimal fees, there is no charge for software or technical IT expertise required. They are quite literally revolutionising business communications throughout the world. VoIP has so many advantages over PSTN and ISDN. For one, it is much quicker to provision new telephone lines, you can even reduce your physical lines, meaning cheaper rental costs. It is extremely scalable and flexible. Make changes, moves and additions instantly without relying on a telephone engineer. Calls can be made and received on desktops, laptops, desk phones, mobile phones and tablets in any order, anywhere you have an internet connection. You can even have a number for any geographical region.
What should you do?
It’s fair to say ISDN and PSTN days are numbered. Businesses will no longer be able to buy any systems that use PSTN or ISDN by 2020. While 2025 might seem a long way off, 2020 is only just around the corner. If you’re among the 2 million businesses that still have an ISDN connection, you should start thinking about switching to cloud-based telephony sooner rather than later.
For any business looking for all the features of an on-premises PBX telephone system, but without exhaustive maintenance and call costs, we have the perfect solution. Start future-proofing your business with a VoIP hosted phone system! It’s so incredibly easy to switch.