The telecoms industry has been talking about the 2025 switch-off of the traditional phone network for so long that it has felt like something on the distant horizon that we need to be aware of but that is still a long way off.
The truth is; it's already here. Salisbury is now the first Ultrafast City with 60 specialist engineers having laid over 500 new fibre-optic cables, meaning that over 20,000 properties now have access to gigabit broadband. Openreach has notified providers that they must now stop selling products that run over copper (traditional phone lines and broadband).
TalkTalk Business has recently advised us that certain functionalities on their copper lines are to be discontinued, further showing that these are becoming legacy products. We expect to see more functionality lost and prices increasing as networks focus on fibre-based products and see a decreasing level of value in maintaining an ageing network.
Unlike many business plans, COVID has only strengthened the case for a full-fibre network and flexible voice solutions that run over the internet. Speak to us today to find out more about how we can help you future-proof your communications setup while maximising productivity and making cost savings.
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As part of the roll out of a new, more reliable fibre network in the UK, Openreach announced plans to replace the traditional copper network in 2025. Salisbury and Mildenhall were chosen as the first locations in the UK to benefit from the upgrade to an ultrafast network and trials started in January 2020. As the trials progress, Openreach will stop selling copper products in readiness to move to full fibre.