The BT ISDN switch-off: What is all the fuss about?
One story that many UK business owners will have seen recently is BT switching off their ISDN networks by 2025. If you have not heard about this to date, then it is worth investigating further. This move by BT will affect thousands of UK businesses who currently still use the traditional ISDN way of handling their telecoms. To really get to grips with it though, it is first key to understand what all the fuss is about.
No BT ISDN network by 2025
Although better ways of handling telecoms in business via IP networks are becoming more common, many businesses have not migrated to them yet. This leaves many at risk when BT finally switch their ISDN network off for good in 2025. As telecommunications is the real heartbeat of any company, it could mean that any organisation unprepared for this will have a nasty shock. In essence, this is what makes the ISDN switch off such big news. Already BT have stated that they will refuse to accept any new applications for ISDN usage as from 2020. This will eventually lead to the network being shut off completely 5 years later.
What has prompted this move from BT?
Although this may seem an arbitrary move from BT, there is actually a firm rationale behind it. Traditional ISDN networks are simply old-fashioned now and not adequate for the telecoms requirements of modern business. It is like still walking around with a 1980s mobile phone when you could have a modern smartphone!
Traditional phone networks are actually worse for businesses due to their high maintenance costs and expensive call charges. Advances in telecoms has seen more relevant networks emerge such as those used in VoIP systems. IP networks operate via internet connections which makes them a more suitable solution for modern day business. The decision from BT to switch off traditional ISDN networks is simply a reflection of this.
What do you need to do?
If you still use an ISDN telecoms network via BT, then you need to start planning now. Although 2025 seems a long way off, it will come around quickly. You certainly do not want to be rushing around at the last minute trying to migrate to a new VoIP system or finding yourself cut off altogether! To find out more about your options and how we can help you move to a new telecommunications system, call us today on 01625 466600.