BT have announced they are planning to switch off their PSTN and ISDN network. This basically means that the traditional phone landline as we have known for a long time will cease to exist and phone calls will be routed over Internet Protocol (IP). This is also called the BT Digital switchover. The BT ISDN & PSTN switch off is already underway and the aim is to complete this project by 2025. So what does this mean for your business and how can you prepare your business for the BT ISDN & PSTN switch off.
What is PSTN and ISDN
The Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) is the traditional copper wire telephone network system, originally set up for analogue voice communication. This network been in place since the late 1800s and although it’s been maintained and updated over the years, the technology underpinning it has essentially remained the same since its conception.
Back in the late 80s, Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) was the hot new successor technology to the analogue Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) system and was born out the need for a more stable, secure connection for long-distance calling. ISDN lines are a digital version of a traditional telephone line, allowing for the transfer of voice and data simultaneously over PSTN copper wires.
More modern telecom solutions VoIP and SIP
Due to the rise of fast fibre internet network for businesses digital voice services such as Voice over Internet Protocol – VoIP and SIP phone systems have become more popular these days. This is exactly the reason why BT is going to switch of PSTN and ISDN network.
SIP vs VoIP is not a straightforward comparison. While VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) is a term which may be used to describe any internet-based telecommunications system, SIP is a specific type of VoIP deployment. VoIP is a broad term which refers to any call made over the internet rather than over a standard phone line.
VoIP offers higher quality calls, more features and more flexibility than traditional telephony. Switching over to IP telephony enables businesses to benefit from the numerous advantages of integrated communications, including messaging, rich presence and video communication.
How to prepare your business for the BT ISDN and PSTN switch off – Digital Switchover
It is important that you prepare your business as soon as possible for the BT ISDN & PSTN switch off. If you do not prepare for this you could face a situation where clients cannot contact you via phone and your employees cannot do their work properly. This could mean that you will loose potential new opportunities and making it harder for your customers to get hold of you. Either way if your not prepared for the BT switch off this will cost your business money.
At Tech-Wales we can help you make the switch to VoIP or SIP with our excellent telecom phone solutions for business. We can install high quality fast fibre broadband for your business. We offer very competitive prices and can save your organisation money by using us to switch to an internet based telecom system. Do not hesitate and contact us today.
Save money if you already switched to VoIP or SIP
If your business is already using an internet based telecom system Tech-Wales can offer you a better deal and lower your telecom costs. If your telecom contract is expiring soon you must give us a call on 01639 326001 to discuss your options. We can save your business a considerable amount of money if you let us switch to a new contract or lease.