Openreach’s stop sell is going full steam ahead in preparation of its national stop-sell coming into effect in 2023. The switch off of the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) is coming. By January 31, 2027, it won’t be possible to use any internet connection that uses the copper wires to connect. But this isn’t something that can be ignored until then.

Affected technologies include ADSL broadband and fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC). There’s over 25 million lines that are currently in use, that will be obsolete by 2025. So, have you considered how these developments will affect your business and are you ready to transition to the future of communications?

We’ve put together a handy list of futureproofed solutions to consider switching to ✅

Ethernet leased lines

An Ethernet leased line is a dedicated, fixed data connection that businesses can rent from their provider. With it, businesses have the capacity to comfortably handle today’s and tomorrow’s technological demands, as it provides them with a reliable, high speed internet connection. Free of latency, a leased line guarantees upload and download speed and resilience.

A leased line can carry many different services, like voice, video, internet, data and local area network traffic. The business is simply connected to its internet service provider (SP) by an Ethernet connection, which in turn connects to the exchange via the SP’s Ethernet switch.

FTTP

FTTP is a service which eliminates the use of copper wires but relies on full fibre optic cables which directly connect your business premises to the exchange. These cables transfer data through pulses of light, as fast as the speed of light⚡️.

A combination of commercial investments and Government-backed projects will hopefully mean FTTP is available nationwide by 2030. Openreach has pledged to offer FTTP connectivity to over 25 million homes and businesses by December 2026. FTTP, often seen as the future of broadband, is unaffected by distance and demand, so businesses receive consistently fast and reliable service.

SOGEA

SOGEA stands for Single Order Generic Ethernet Access and describes a standalone hybrid fibre broadband line. Considering that many businesses and users rely on the internet or their mobile phone for professional voice services, with SOGEA, you are no longer required to install a landline alongside your broadband.

SOGEA’s benefits include high speed downloads of up to 80 Mbps, single order tracking, and the option to bring your previous phone number with you.

Ready for the future? Prepare for the switch off and futureproof your business comms set up by getting in touch with the team today.