Just in case you’re not as interested in telecoms as we are here at Future Voice, you may not have heard, but the underlying infrastructure that connects all our devices to the internet is in the middle of a massive evolution, commonly referred to as the ‘2025 Switch off’!

What is the 2025 switch off?

The government, in partnership with BT and Openreach, have been hard at work upgrading the cables underneath our roads by replacing ageing and rusty copper cables with fresh fibre cables that don’t degrade as quickly. This project also means that the ISDN and PSTN networks that have served our landlines and low speed broadband connections for decades are being turned off for good – hence the name.

But the odd rusty cable isn’t the major reason for all this upheaval.

The fact that your data is sent as rapid flashes of light on fibre, rather than electrical pulses like in copper connections, means you can take advantage of a far faster internet connection, and help your business embrace its digital future with a whole host of other benefits.

What is a ‘stop sell’?

Obviously, Openreach and BT don’t want to ‘pull the plug’ any solutions that are currently being sold, so they’ve taken a more phased approach where they stop resellers like us from selling new copper services in certain areas at a time.

This strategy started all the way back in 2021, when they trialled two market towns – Mildenhall and Salisbury – and over the last few years have slowly weened other areas off of legacy connections, to help promote the adoption of new fibre services at the same time.

The most recent announcement has named the next 98 exchanges to stop providing ISDN and PSTN connections, with the exchanges due to be deactivated on or before the 19th April 2023.

Aberdeen Balgownie
Aldridge
Alfreton
Allesley
Ardrossan
Aviemore
Balham
Bamber Bridge
Barrhead
Beith
Biggin Hill
Boston Spa
Brighouse
Broadwell
Burnley
Burton Joyce
Bury
Chellaston
Childrey
Cleckheaton
Creaton
Dalkeith
Dawlish
Dunloy
Duston
Earby
Easingworld
Exhall
Feeny
Foleshill
Gowerton
Grove Park
Guiseley

Harrold
Hayes Common
Hemsworth
Herongate
Heysham
Highworth
Horwich
Hoylake
Huyton
Hyde
Intake
Irby
Irvinestown
Ivybridge
Kilbirnie
Killeavy
Kircubbin
Kislingbury
Laindon
Langford
Langley Mill
Leigh
Leven, Fife
Leyland
Llandaff
Lowdham
Magor
Mayorbridge
Maze
Milnsbridge
Morcambe
Moy
Mulbarton

Ormskirk
Otley
Park Street
Plympton
Portglenone
Rainham
Rawdon
Redbourn
Rhiwderin
Rhoose
Richmond
Ripley
Roade
Rushden
Sandwich
Shipley
Sion Mills
Sketty
Sleaford
Somersham
Stanford Le hope
Stoneyburn
Takeley
Theydon Bois
Tipton
Troon
Turvey
Water Hayes Farm
Wheathampstead
Whitchurch
Wooton Bassett
Wraysbury

This means that any legacy connections purchased now will be a bad idea, as the contract length will be less than the time the service is available, and new areas will be added each quarter, so keep one eye open for our future updates to see if your town is mentioned!

But, if you’re in one of those towns listed above, the main question you now need to ask is…

How can I future proof my business?

While the future is most certainly fibre-based, there are really only a handful of technologies that can ensure businesses stay connected past 2025. Here’s our breakdown of what they are, and where they’re best suited.

FTTC

The most cost-effective connection available, ‘Fibre to the Cabinet’ means you still get a copper connection between the green cabinet at the end of your road and your premises, which limits speeds. But for smaller businesses or specific aspects of larger operations (like backups, or phone systems) bandwidth up to 76Mbps is plenty, and you’re not overpaying for speeds you don’t need.

Pros

  • Lowest cost to adopt
  • Most commonly available technology
  • Super speedy installations

Cons

  • Low speeds may hinder larger businesses
  • Uploading large files may delay other devices
  • Speeds will decrease during peak times

FTTP

Short for ‘Fibre to the Premises’, and sometimes known as ‘Full Fibre’, FTTP is an incredibly scalable solution that can be increased as your needs grow, offering the same kinds of high-speed connections that a dedicated Leased Line can provide, but at a lower cost.

Pros

  • High speed connections up to 1Gbps
  • Ideal for growing businesses and start-ups
  • All your internet needs in one connection

Cons

  • May not be available in your area
  • Higher cost than FTTC
  • Speeds may decrease slightly at peak times

Leased Lines

The main drawback of both FTTC and FTTP is that the connection is still shared with other businesses, once it reaches the green cabinet. However, with a dedicated Leased Line, you get a connection that is only for your business, all the way to the local exchange.

That means leased lines offer a far more reliable connection that doesn’t get affected by your neighbours when everyone’s on morning calls, for example. However, leased lines become increasingly more expensive as the distance between the site and the closest exchange increases, making it an unlikely solution for rural areas.

Pros

  • A dedicated connection that’s all yours
  • Symmetrical upload/download speeds
  • All your internet needs in one connection

Cons

  • The highest cost of any option
  • Lengthy installation process
  • May not be cost-efficient at your site

5G

As a wireless connection, 5G is great for businesses constantly on the move, such as mobile tradespeople, events and home workers, that find genuine advantages in leveraging a high-speed wireless connection. Though as with Full Fibre, it’s not exactly widespread just yet.

Pros

  • High speed connections equivalent to FTTP
  • Take your internet connection with you
  • 5G mobiles can be hotspots for other devices

Cons

  • May not be available in your area
  • Can be affected by adverse weather
  • 5G devices are still fairly expensive

So, if you’re looking to future-proof your business, it only makes sense to find a partner that matches your ambition – and ‘future’ is in our name after all, so why look anywhere else?

We want to be the connectivity and communications partner that you always wish you had, so don’t delay and get in touch with our team today!

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