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Everything you need to know about the upcoming changes to the network and how they will affect your organisation. 

In 2015, Openreach announced detailed plans for the formal retirement of the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) services by 2025. This also includes analogue and Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN).

A brief look at the timeline Openreach has in place: 

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The Big Switch Off doesn't just affect organisations, it affects everyone, Openreach and Partners have had a huge task on hand to ensure everyone is moved across in time before the lights go dark. 

Why is this important?

Although there may seem like a decent amount of time until 2025, there are 13 million PTSN lines and ISDN channels that need to be migrated before they go end of life. 

With no two organisations operating the same, it is important to understand your current situation and know how to move forward, and be prepared for a seamless transition. 

Update: Openreach have announced a UK wide stop-sell, effective 5th September 2023. 

Check out our Vlog from Group Technical Director, James Banks above or Click here >>

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What does “Stop Sell” mean?

Once Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) coverage has reached 75% of premises in an exchange area, a “Stop Sell” will come into effect for all copper-based services where the premise is enabled for FTTP.  

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What is the impact?

Stop Sell restricts the use of certain products where there is a strategic aim to withdraw the product at a later date – the following order scenarios will not be possible for products restricted by a Stop Sell:

  • New Supply
  • Working Lines takeover
  • Start of Stopped Lines
  • Addition of Lines and Channel to Existing Installations
  • Migrations
  • Communication Provider Transfers
  • Bandwidth Modify
  • Addition of Broadband to Copper Voice Lines

What products will be affected?

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Below are some examples of the typical products that are currently connected to a telephone line. After the Big Switch Off, these may not work when the line is migrated.

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Questions to consider:

  • What systems will be affected?
  • What does it connect to?
  • What does that system need?

  • Is there an IP equivalent?
  • What if I have no power?
  • How do I connect to the outside world?
  • Do I need this device?

We are here to help.

No matter what you sell, make or provide we have the right technology solutions for you to ensure you are ready for the Big Switch Off.

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