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ISDN switch off

Is your business ready for the ISDN switch off?

Back in 2017 when Openreach announced the analogue network was being retired in 2025, it seemed we had all the time in the world to get it sorted. COVID happened, everyone returned to work and somehow forgot it is still happening.

Over the last few years, Openreach have introduced what they call stop sell on an increasing number of telephone exchanges around the country. The stop sell means at that particular exchange, suppliers can no longer order any new analogue services which includes:

FTTC – Fibre to the Cabinet including
PBX Systems
Standard Analogue Telephone Lines
ISDN Products

How will this affect my business?

If your business uses any of the products listed above, you will need to switch to a digital service for both phone and Internet in time for the switch off in 2025.

What products can I switch to?

For telephones there are two options, both of which use IP technology.

On site hosted

If you have an on-site system and are still tied into a contract then SIP trunking will be perfect for your business. SIP trunks are virtual lines, running over the Internet and can integrate with your existing telephone system.

We can also replace your entire phone system with new handsets and SIP trunks, fully managed by our in-house experts. With powerful features including auto attendant, call transfer, voicemail to email, fax to email, hunt groups, ring groups and more.

Cloud hosted VoIP (Voice over IP)

Cloud hosted VoIP does exactly what it says. Rather than having an on-site controller, your phones are controlled by our cloud platform. It uses your existing business internet connection and is managed from one central place. Hosted VoIP offers flexibility as you aren’t tied down to a specific location, as long as there is a working internet connection then the phone will work anywhere. Great for remote workers.

Provisioning new users is straight forward with powerful reporting tools included.

Cloud hosted VoIP is a cost effective way to upgrade your old telephone system.

For Internet again there are two options.

A leased line, is a full fibre optic connection between your premises and the Internet backbone. Bandwidths are available from 100Mbps to 10Gbps, synchronous meaning the bandwidth is the same both up and down. The full bandwidth is yours and not shared with other users, known as uncontended. Speeds are guaranteed.

FTTP, fibre to the premises is a more cost effective way to get a full fibre Internet connection to your premises. It is a fibre optic connection between your premises and the local telephone exchange, it is considered a contended product as the available bandwidth in the exchange is shared with all users connected to it. Speeds from 100Mbps to 1Gbps download are available. Speeds are not guaranteed.

Foresee can help you make the right choice for your business. All it takes is one call or email to get started.


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