The big switch-off affects everyone. You need to be ready!
How many days to go?
Although it seems an age to the cut-off, there’s likely to be a rush towards the date. Upgrading sooner than later could save you money instantly. Better reliability, better experience and more flexibility.
You might already have heard that the UK’s Public Switch Telephone Network (PSTN) is being switched off in December 2025.
This affects everyone!
The old, analogue PSTN can’t keep up with the demands of modern communication, so the switch to fully digital will mark a big step forward.
We are moving everything to use the internet.
But not just our phone lines will be affected by the PSTN switch-off. Any equipment that also uses PSTN will stop working, too. That could be your alarm systems, cameras, fax machines (yes, some are still in use!), door entry systems and EPOS machines.
You may also need to update your broadband and some other hardware.
Of course, you’ll still need phone lines for your business. That will mean switching to a digital technology, like a VoIP (Voice Over the Internet) phone system.
If you haven’t switched to fibre broadband, consider this now if your area is covered. Fibre is being rolled out across the country right now, so it shouldn’t be long till you have access if you don’t already.
This might feel like another thing to add to your to-do list, but it has many benefits.
Traditional phone lines no longer offer the call quality or reliability they once did.
Switching to Internet Phone Systems brings benefits like better call quality, lower costs, better scalability, and more features that improve customer experience.
Digital phone systems also adapt better to modern ways of working. You can make or take calls in the office, at home or on the road – all with the same number.
Research suggests that switching to fibre will also help connect rural and more isolated communities, significantly boosting productivity.
Moreover, digital phone lines will be supported by more devices and boast improved security, keeping your business better protected from cyber attacks.
You have time. But not loads of time.
With the final switch-off due in December 2025, time is of the essence if you need to plan for changes.
If you’d like help or advice on suitable digital phone systems for your business, switching to a fibre network, or upgrading any devices currently running through PSTN, get in touch today.
Details from BT about the switch off.
Further details about the UK’s PSTN network switch off in 2025 from BT can be found here. [click BT logo]
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