We keep preaching the message of VoIP. We keep telling people that it is the future. But a surprising number refuses to listen. Even with all the benefits that VoIP has to offer, their loyalty to traditional phone lines keeps winning out. Well, this debate no longer matters. VoIP is going to take over in […]
We keep preaching the message of VoIP. We keep telling people that it is the future. But a surprising number refuses to listen. Even with all the benefits that VoIP has to offer, their loyalty to traditional phone lines keeps winning out.
Well, this debate no longer matters. VoIP is going to take over in Britain regardless of the opinion you hold about the technology. If everything goes according to plan, then by 2025, all phone calls in the UK will use VoIP.
This communication revolution is not necessarily new but there are those who have chosen to ignore it, unaware that it is going to affect them regardless of whether or not they choose to embrace it.
There are still quite a few questions that have no obvious answers. As of this moment, this is what we know:
1.BT wants to close the Public Switched Telephone Network. In doing so, they will migrate all their phone users to VoIP. The goal is to accomplish this objective by the year 2025.
2.BT expects to migrate over sixteen million lines to VoIP. Even though 2025 is the deadline, the people over at Openreach are pretty confident in their ability to shift ten million customers to their ultrafast hybrid fiber and copper G. Fast Product before then.
This doesn’t include the three million premises they will migrate to full fiber in a year’s time.
James Lilley who is the Copper and Service Products General Manager at Openreach has said on more than one occasion that they intentionally gave themselves a long window to execute the shift, taking into account all the administrative work and logistical complications that were bound to arise as a result of the transition in technology.
- BT first announced its intentions in 2018. They explained that they would close the Public Switched Telephone Network and a chunk of exchanges. They also reached out to communication providers, inviting them to play their part in spreading the VoIP revolution.
They also made known their intention to withdraw Wholesale Line Rental products which rely heavily on the PTSN.
This drew the attention of the Federation of Communication Services whose members have a large WLR presence and who would inevitably lose the direct control they enjoy over the services they offer.
- The objective of BT’s project is to replace analogue with digital technology, to sacrifice voice in favour of broadband. But to succeed, BT must get fiber products into the homes and business premises of as many people as possible.
Questions continue to swirl around the upgrades that customer equipment will have to undergo to support the new VoIP services BT wishes to introduce. Communication experts agree that the number of people who can’t get fiber is significant.
For this reason, there are plans to offer new VoIP compatible copper products.
- There are communication providers for whom the VoIP transition is a blessing because it will allow them to abandon legacy infrastructure altogether in favour of more flexible and cost-effective communication mechanisms.
But you also have niche businesses such as voice resellers who will have to reconfigure their operations and business models. As an ordinary household or even a business in search of the best communication system for your situation, it would behove you to prepare adequately for the VoIP shift.
Rather than waiting to become one of the disgruntled masses who will groan and grumble in the wake of all the inconvenience the VoIP shift will attract, why not adopt VoIP now?
Save yourself the trouble. Let BT’s 2025 deadline find you already entrenched in the very technology they wish to roll out.
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