BT Openreach has set the date for switching off the UK telephone network as we know it….and its 2025
In the UK today most of the residential and business voice services are underpinned by the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN).
This is a legacy analogue technology which BT will not be able to support and maintain beyond 2025.
The impact will be huge!
The PSTN switch off is the BIGGEST UK telecom change in over 30 years and Openreach are adamant the December 2025 date is set in stone.
This means over 17 Million lines will need to migrate to a new service.
ALL Business and Residential services, PDQ payment machines and many alarm lines ARE affected by this.
What does this mean?
This means that any copper based lines will need to be moved to a broadband based service with VoIP, or a Mobile SIM-based service.
The Current Timeline
September 2022/3 – No new installations for copper will be accepted by Openreach.
31st December 2025 – End of Life – This is the date for Openreach to have a complete stop and withdrawal of the WLR copper based telephone services.
After 31st December 2025 – All copper based lines that have not been moved will cease to work from this date.
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