The BT ISDN switch off
BT has announced that it will switch off PSTN and ISDN, starting with a cease in supply in 2020, before moving a full migration by 2025. This could affect a large number of businesses in the not so distant future if they don’t act accordingly, especially those who are unaware of the phase out and are looking to invest in their current business telephone system.
Why are BT phasing out ISDN and PSTN?
The main reason is that they’re old technologies, having been around since the 1800’s, although substantially improved upon over the years. Combine this with the fact that they have associated maintenance costs and drawbacks, then you’ll understand why the majority of organisations have opted for alternative systems.
The BT ISDN switch off marks the next evolution of telecommunications technology
ISDN was introduced in the 1980’s, allowing both voice and data services to be delivered simultaneously. For the technology and services at the time, it served its purpose very well and continued to do so for many years. Now we’re well into the 21st century, technology has moved on and old telephone solutions are lagging behind the alternatives in an increasingly fast paced digital world.
How to prepare for the switch off
Although an exact date hasn’t been confirmed for the BT ISDN end of life, we do know it will take place in 2025 and that businesses won’t be able to buy systems that use ISDN and PSTN after 2020. Although there is plenty of time until we reach 2025, it’s best to plan ahead, which is why now is an ideal time to look into alternatives. Once organisations realise the benefits the replacement ‘IP’ based systems have to offer, they may want to migrate sooner rather than later.
Alternatively, if you’re in the position where you’ve not got a business telephone system in place, you are perfectly placed to start a fresh with an IP based telephone solution. This will enable you to avoid any needless costs on technology and hardware with a limited shelf life, whilst also future proofing your business. BT phasing out ISDN will then have no negative effect on you and you may even gain a competitive advantage over your competitors.
What is IP Technology?
IP (Internet Protocol) telephony has been around a while and many businesses have already benefited from the technology. Eventually all phone lines will be supported by IP technology, which is vastly superior to what we have used in the past. Here’s a quick overview of the main business benefits for using hosted VoIP:
It’s very cost effective
There’s no need for masses of on site equipment, you only pay for as many users as you need and calls are made through internet lines.
Easy setup and maintenance
Because there is so little on site equipment, setting up and maintaining the system is a much simpler job than with traditional telephone systems.
The flexible nature of the technology allows you to easily add and remove users as you need. Physical location doesn’t matter, as long as you have internet connection, you can have a number.
If you’re currently utilising an ISDN telephone system and are looking to upgrade, or simply have some questions regarding the phase out, get in touch and we’d be happy to help.
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