2025 Switch off: 2023 ‘Stop Sell’ Update

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.

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Aberdeen Balgownie

Harrold

Ormskirk

Aldridge

Hayes Common

Otley

Alfreton

Hemsworth

Park Street

Allesley

Herongate

Plympton

Ardrossan

Heysham

Portglenone

Aviemore

Highworth

Rainham

Balham

Horwich

Rawdon

Bamber Bridge

Hoylake

Redbourn

Barrhead

Huyton

Rhiwderin

Beith

Hyde

Rhoose

Biggin Hill

Intake

Richmond

Boston Spa

Irby

Ripley

Brighouse

Irvinestown

Roade

Broadwell

Ivybridge

Rushden

Burnley

Kilbirnie

Sandwich

Burton Joyce

Killeavy

Shipley

Bury

Kircubbin

Sion Mills

Chellaston

Kislingbury

Sketty

Childrey

Laindon

Sleaford

Cleckheaton

Langford

Somersham

Creaton

Langley Mill

Stanford Le hope

Dalkeith

Leigh

Stoneyburn

Dawlish

Leven, Fife

Takeley

Dunloy

Leyland

Theydon Bois

Duston

Llandaff

Tipton

Earby

Lowdham

Troon

Easingworld

Magor

Turvey

Exhall

Mayorbridge

Water Hayes Farm

Feeny

Maze

Wheathampstead

Foleshill

Milnsbridge

Whitchurch

Gowerton

Morcambe

Wooton Bassett

Grove Park

Moy

Wraysbury

Guiseley

Mulbarton

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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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