Why the 2025 Switch Off matters to your business

The 2025 switch-off represents a significant milestone in the ongoing digital transformation of UK telecoms. While it marks the end of an era – the death of the ‘landline’ – it also heralds a new age of innovation and high-speed connectivity!

What is the 2025 Switch-Off?

The Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) has been a backbone of communications for generations, powering the first generation of Broadband services as well as the calling network we all know as ‘the landline’.

However, as demand for higher bandwidths have increased, and the cost of maintaining the legacy copper network have increased Openreach made the decision to deactivate it towards the end of the 2010s and replace it with Full Fibre.

What is Full Fibre?

Full Fibre (also known as FTTP or ‘Fibre to the Premise’) is replacing this ageing network, delivering a more reliable infrastructure that can scale far easier, enabling speeds past 1Gbps. For context, common PSTN connections max-out at 62Mbps!

By using glass fibres, instead of copper cable that can easily degrade due to weather and lack of maintenance, Full Fibre represents a massive upgrade in connectivity capabilities.

And while the cost of Full Fibre services may be slightly higher, when you consider the increased reliability, higher speeds and expanded capabilities, they offer far more value than the legacy PSTN network ever could.

What about calls?

All the extra bandwidth that Full Fibre delivers isn’t just for internet services…

New communication technologies like VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) and UC (Unified Communications) means that businesses can run their calls through the internet instead of spending precious resources on a second service, as well as all the messy cable and expense required to maintain a physical phone service.

The Lockdowns at the start of the 2020s pushed many businesses to adopt services like Teams and Zoom, and the newest generation of communication solutions like UC incorporate Voice, video, instant messaging and more into a single platform. Not only does this make it easier for staff to stay in touch, but most come complete with mobile and desktop apps, meaning phones and laptops can all be used for calls as well. Deskphones are still compatible too, if that’s important to your operation.

In summary, the 2025 Switch Off presents businesses like yours with a wealth of opportunities for innovation. Harnessing these new technologies you could find improved efficiency, flexibility, and integration with other digital platforms, as well as the possibility of launching new services and products that help you stand out from your competitors.

So, if you want to give your business the best chance of growth, speak to our expert team on 0800 276 1 276 today. They are passionate about the transformative impact our service can have on businesses and are ready to support you through upgrading your connectivity and telecoms services, so that you’re ready for whatever the future holds!

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