BT’s ISDN Termination Project.
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Gavin Patterson, BT Group CEO, stated that BT does intend to migrate all of it’s customers to the VoIP network by 2025. People have speculated for years whether this was ever going to happen, However is has now been confirmed.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
It means analogue telephony now has a maximum life expectancy of 8 years, considering many SME telecoms companies focus on a seven year contract. The price of VoIP by the time you are released will have risen by an expected 30%. It means it’s time to review and renew your current setup to a more advanced, feature rich hosted phone system.
WHAT CAN I DO NOW?
You can review your broadband in order to prepare for the migration, if your broadband is strong enough you can start to set up VoIP systems for your business right away. If however your broadband is not resilient, then consider upgrading. All businesses should be looking at VoIP now, future proof your business phone system and avoid getting caught out when ISDN channels are terminated.
We’ve found that VoIP is cheaper than ISDN. The set up can be half the cost and on-going operational costs are significantly lower too. On average set up and running costs over a three year period are about a third cheaper. The benefit of VoIP means you pay for just what you need (e.g. avoiding buying additional ISDN30s when you only need a couple of extra channels), which provides real commercial benefits too.