Is your business ready for analogue services switch off?

Foresee Fixed Line LTD

Back in 2017 when Openreach announced the analogue network was being retired in 2025, it seemed we had all the time in the world to get it sorted. Now is the time to ensure your business remains connected.

Over the last few years, Openreach have introduced what they call stop sell on an increasing number of telephone exchanges around the country. The stop sell means at that particular exchange, suppliers can no longer order any new analogue services which includes:

FTTC – Fibre to the Cabinet including
PBX Systems
Standard Analogue Telephone Lines
ISDN Products


How will this affect my business?

If your business uses any of the products listed above, you will need to switch to a digital service for both phone and Internet in time for the switch off in 2025.


What are my options?

For telephones there are two options.


On site hosted

If you have an onsite system and are still tied into a contract, then SIP trunking will be perfect for your business. SIP trunks are virtual lines, running over the Internet and can integrate with your existing telephone system.

You have the option of upgrading your phone system with new handsets and SIP trunks. Modern telephone systems are equipped with powerful features including auto attendant, call transfer, voicemail to email, fax to email, hunt groups, ring groups and more.


Cloud hosted VoIP (Voice over IP)

Cloud hosted VoIP does exactly what it says. Rather than having onsite infrastructure, your phones connect to a cloud platform. It uses your existing business internet connection and is managed from one central place. Hosted VoIP offers flexibility as you aren’t tied down to a specific location, if there is a working internet connection then the phone will work from any location. Great for remote workers.

Provisioning new users is straight forward with powerful reporting tools included.

Cloud hosted VoIP is a cost-effective way to upgrade your old telephone system saving up to 60 per cent on your existing monthly costs.


For internet again there are two options.

A leased line is a full fibre optic connection between your premises and the Internet service provider. Bandwidths are available from 100Mbps to 10Gbps, synchronous meaning the bandwidth is the same both up and down. The full bandwidth is yours and not shared with other users, known as uncontended. Speeds are guaranteed.

FTTP, fibre to the premises is a more cost-effective way to get a full fibre Internet connection to your premises. It is a fibre optic connection between your premises and the local telephone exchange, it is considered a contended product as the available bandwidth in the exchange is shared with all users connected to it. Speeds from 100Mbps to 1Gbps download are available.

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