What is the Big Switch Off?

Friday, 22 April 2022  |  Admin

What is the Big Switch Off?

What is the Big Switch Off?

Back in 2015, BT announced that they will be turning off the all analogue network services by the end of 2025. In technical terminology these networks are referred to as Public Switch Telephone Network (PSTN) and Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN).

To you and I this simply means that they are turning off all of the existing telephone lines and moving them to a more modern network that is driven by Fibre Optic rather than the traditional copper lines that we have running to our house at the moment.

Bring the use of analogue phone lines to an end and move all communications technology to a digital network will mena that we will all have to upgrade our phone lines and broadband connections. Importantly you will need a broadband connection if you want to retain your landline telephone service.

This is fine if you have broadband, but many people still have a broadband connection - these people will need to look t an alternative supplier if they want to retain their landline number.

Why are they being turned off?

These networks are now out of date and are increasingly unable to handle the incredible advances in communication technology. In addition they have ever expanding maintenance and running costs which are passed onto the consumer.

What will replace the old PSTN & ISDN telephone networks?

Many people will be able to move to a telephone service that is operated via VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) VoIP technology, which allows voice calls to be made over an internet connection.

However, those who do not want to have a broadband connection, or are in circumstances where having a broadband connection is not practical, or possible will need to look at another alternative.

The SIM Works has invested in our technology and we are now able to move a standard UK landline number to be used on a mobile service. This works by taking our UK Landline SIM card and using your existing landline number to make and receive calls. You do not need an expensive Smartphone use the service - a Standard Mobile Handset will do the job. 

So, what does this mean for you?

If you currently have broadband connection, you will eventually be forced to switch to a new cloud based VoIP telephone system if you want to keep the traditional landline service and number that is plugged in to the wall at home.

Alternatively you can move your landline number to our UK Landline SIM card and either purchase a new handset, or you can add a 2nd SIM card to your existing Smartphone - most modern Smartphone have the ability to take 2 SIM cards.

So what do you need to do now?

The SIM Works is more than happy to give you free advice on the best option for you - if you would like us to help you identify the best solution for you, simply contact us directly by clicking here - Find Out How We Can Help