Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) Turned Off

In the UK, the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) has been the backbone of the country’s telecommunication system for over a century. However, with the introduction of new technologies, including Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and mobile telephony, the PSTN is becoming obsolete, and British Telecom (BT) has announced plans to switch it off in 2025.

PSTN Timeline:

  • 1876: Alexander Graham Bell invents the telephone
  • 1878: First manual switchboards used
  • 1922: First automatic exchanges introduced
  • 1976: First digital exchanges introduced
  • 1986: BT is privatised
  • 2015: BT announces plans to switch off PSTN by 2025

The PSTN switch-off will have a significant impact on UK businesses that still rely on traditional landlines. Many companies use the PSTN for critical communication channels, such as alarms and payment processing. The switch-off could result in business disruptions if organisations don’t take action to migrate to alternative technologies.

One of the most popular alternatives is Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). VoIP uses an internet connection to make and receive phone calls, and it can provide additional features, such as video conferencing and instant messaging. BT has several VoIP products available to help customers migrate from PSTN.

Another option to replace broadband services delivered over copper is Fibre to the Premises (FTTP). FTTP uses fibre optic cables to deliver internet services directly to a building. It can provide faster download and upload speeds, which can support advanced technologies such as video conferencing and cloud computing.

Starlink, the satellite internet service provided by SpaceX, is another potential replacement option. Starlink uses a network of satellites to provide high-speed internet to areas that don’t have access to fibre or cable connections. While it is still in its infancy, it has already proved it is adept at providing connectivity for hard to reach or harsh environments. We have used it successfully in a number of rural locations.

For businesses concerned about the PSTN switch-off and looking for guidance on alternative options, NXTGen Technology can help. NXTGen Technology is an IT services provider that offers a range of solutions, including VoIP and FTTP. They can work with customers to identify the best technology solutions for their specific needs and help them transition to new technologies.

In conclusion, the PSTN switch-off represents a significant change for the UK’s telecommunication system, and businesses need to start planning for the switch to new technologies. VoIP, FTTP, and Starlink are all potential alternatives, and organisations need to evaluate their options and start making the necessary changes to ensure a smooth transition before the switch-off date in 2025. Contacting NXTGen Technology can provide customers with the expert guidance and support needed to make this transition.