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    BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network

    This is a discussion on BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network within the Sky Talk forums, part of the Other Sky help and support category; The majority of Sky Talk subscribers shouldn't be affected as Sky have there own broadband and telephone network but if ...

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      BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network

      The majority of Sky Talk subscribers shouldn't be affected as Sky have there own broadband and telephone network but if the PSTN is closed down in 2025 as has been widely predicted for a few years now, provision will have to be made for customers who are still on Wholesale Line Rental (WLR). Perhaps a new router with one or two telephone sockets for VOIP provision.

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      Consultation next month following plan to shift Brits over to VoIP



      BT is forging ahead with plans to shut its traditional telephone network in Britain, with the intention of shifting all customers over to IP telephony services by 2025.

      The closure of the public switched telephone network (PSTN) is part of plans by BT toward internet-based voice calls via a fibre network. As such it will be looking to close a chunk of exchanges.

      Yesterday, Openreach wrote to its communications providers about the move. The broadband division will open consultation next month on the withdrawal of its Wholesale Line Rental (WLR) products, which are reliant on the PSTN.

      In an email, seen by The Register, it said:
      "This is a truly significant change for the industry and represents a move from an analogue to a digital, fibre led future. These changes will affect how you do business with Openreach."

      The consultation will seek feedback on the process and timeline for the withdrawal of WLR and related products.

      Cathy Gerosa, head of Regulatory Affairs at representative body for providers, the Federation of Communication Services, noted many of its members have a large WLR presence. She said many do business directly with Openreach for managing that. "This gives them a direct route in for ordering products and for chasing when things go wrong."

      With the move to fibre-only, the B2B [comms providers] are likely to be pushed one place down the chain... and will have less direct control over the services that they offer.

      An Openreach spokesman said: "In May, we’ll consult with industry around the process of withdrawing WLR and related products.

      We’ll be working with our Communication Provider customers over the coming months as we consider the move to IP voice services - where broadband rather than voice becomes the primary service."

      This follows plans by BT to upgrade its customers from analogue (PSTN) to digital (all IP) telephone services by 2025.

      Other communications companies in Germany, Japan, Sweden, are already in the process of moving voice to run over IP. Orange has set a goal of having all IP (digital) networks by 2020, and Deutsche Telekom aims to migrate all its lines in Europe to digital by the end of 2018.

      Openreach also plans to pass three million homes and businesses with fibre-to-the-premise by 2020.


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      Re: BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network

      Weren't BT supposed to be doing this about 10 years ago with the BT Colossus (21CN) network switch-over which they ended up ditching??

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      Re: BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network

      There are elements of the 21st century network and have been for some time but this has run in parallel with the ageing analogue system which is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain.

      BT Technology, Service and Operations (TSO) have agreed to support the PSTN until the end of 2025 but not beyond. It would be uneconomical to provide a new analogue network hence the requirement for all communication providers to agree on a way ahead to find digital solutions to replace the remaining products that still, to a greater or lesser extent, rely on the old analogue network.

      With current technology VOIP appears to be the sensible option but local batteries or other means of maintaining a power supply, in the event of a power cut, will be required if emergency services are not to be compromised.

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      Re: BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network

      Quote Originally Posted by seawright View Post

      With current technology VOIP appears to be the sensible option but local batteries or other means of maintaining a power supply, in the event of a power cut, will be required if emergency services are not to be compromised.
      That’s an interesting point! I know the fibre cabinets already have battery back up, I wonder if mobile telephone masts are backed up in the same way? I guess if they are it is less of a problem because most people have a mobile these days, if not an area wide blackout could be a major problem in an emergency. I have never know the analogue BT system be effected by a power cut, I fact I usually get a call from my Mum during a power cut! ‘Is yours off as well??’ Lol.

     

     

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