A surprise to most, but, YES… the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN), or POTS (Plain Old Telephone System) as it is affectionately known, is on it’s way out. First appearing in the 1800’s, some would say it is about time.
Openreach is ‘switching off’ the entire network by 2025, and, according to Mark Jackson from ISP Review, they have just revealed the next 98 exchanges in the UK that are to cease operations in the next year.
So what are the alternatives, you may ask yourself… well, digital telephone systems that operate over your broadband connection are the favourite choice. There are many benefits in changing to a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephone system, not least in saving you money by being far cheaper to operate.
Expect the transfer, from your old system to the new digital service, to take 1-2 weeks to complete, depending on your choice of telephone number. You will need to decide whether to run your new telephone service through a free application, on either your mobile telephone or computer, or investing in some hardware to have a physical handset.
If this seems a little daunting to you, then do not worry as RadioFibre can help you through this process. If you haven’t already, then please take a look at our Hosted VoIP service Fone.