Copper Sunset

UK Wide Copper Network Shutdown

2024 will be a year of transition for many businesses across the UK as the final stages of BT Openreach’s Public Switched Telephone Network switch-off are reached. The PSTN network is the old copper-based system that has been used for voice and data communication for over a century. However, it is now outdated and unable to meet the growing demands of modern businesses and consumers. Therefore, BT Openreach has decided to switch off the PSTN network by the end of 2025 and replace it with a new digital network that uses fibre optic cables. This will affect everything from internet to phones and security alarms to payment terminals, as they will need to be compatible with the new network or risk losing functionality.

Rory, Director

Glasgow – 2018

Out with the old and in with the new!

Multiple providers are busily rolling out the fibre that will support businesses like yours in the future, however it’s not available everywhere and you may need an alternative in the short term. Depending on your location and your needs, you may have to choose between different types of broadband services, such as full-fibre, satellite, or wireless. Each of these options has its own advantages and disadvantages, such as speed, cost, reliability, and availability. Through our partnerships, we can help you understand these options and pick the best available solution for your organisation, and help you plan the migration as the phased switch-off plan gradually shuts the old network down across the country.

Download our “Comparing Internet Connections” PDF for a quick understanding on what services are on offer for your business today.

✨ New digital network:

BT Openreach will replace the PSTN network with a new fibre optic network.

📈 Impact on businesses:

The switch-off will affect many services that use the PSTN network, such as internet, phones, alarms, and payment terminals.

💻 Need for compatibility:

Businesses will need to upgrade their technology to be compatible with the new network or risk losing functionality.

What to do Next

It’s crucial you act now to avoid any risk to your business. The network is being de-commissioned in stages across the country so it’s important you understand your options.
We’re already helping our customers transition away from the old PSTN network, improving their internet connections and ensuring continuity of other services such as phone systems and payment terminals.

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