2025 will mark a significant change in the way that telecoms services are delivered in the UK, with the BT ISDN Switch Off permanently ceasing some communications networks. Not only will this have significant implications for business customers across the country, but it will also offer specialist telecoms resellers a lucrative opportunity to expand their services and acquire a raft of new clients.
WHAT IS THE BT 2025 SWITCH OFF?
In 2025, BT will shut down their ISDN and PSTN networks. The change, which will affect over 2 million customers who currently receive their telecommunications services in this way, will effectively end the use of analogue phone lines.
The infrastructure upon which ISDN and PSTN networks depend has remained unchanged since its overhaul in the mid-1980s and, with significant investment having been made in VoIP, there is no logic in BT spending any more on ISDN or PSTN networks as Cloud-based technologies rapidly improve.
WHAT THE BT 2025 SWITCH OFF MEANS FOR CUSTOMERS
Most of the UK businesses who will be affected by the termination of ISDN and PSTN networks are small enterprises who rely heavily on landlines (and Broadband Internet)to communicate with clients and suppliers. These businesses will have to source alternative methods for communicating or sending and receiving data, with VoIP solutions the logical step. This will enable them to retain their existing technology, although replacing their systems and transferring to Cloud-based technologies is also an option.
For many customers, the implications of the change will impact much earlier than 2025, as BT is no longer offering new ISDN installations after the end of this year, so they should consider their options long before the BT Switch Off takes place.
HOW THE BT 2025 SWITCH OFF OFFERS A LUCRATIVE OPPORTUNITY FOR TELECOMS RESELLERS
While BT will, of course, be pushing its VoIP services to businesses as an alternative to existing networks, there is no compulsion for customers to remain with the company.
Providing VoIP solutions therefore offers some lucrative opportunities for IT companies:
A SURGE IN DEMANDS FOR VoIP
For telecoms resellers and IT providers, there will be a huge number of businesses seeking a cost-effective VoIP solution that offers value for money, particularly if this allows them to retain their existing equipment (although some will use the opportunity to conduct a hardware upgrade at the same time).
A NEED FOR ONGOING SUPPORT
As VoIP is a new concept to many businesses, they will also require ongoing support. Therefore, IT companies that offer excellent technical support as part of a VoIP contract are likely to be in high demand, enabling them to get up and running quickly without a loss of service that will impact on their client and supplier relationships.
With the BT 2025 Switch Off imminent, now is the time to become a telecoms reseller so you can take advantage of the opportunity to supply new clients with VoIP solutions.
For more information on partnering with Sysconfig to provide VoIP services, visit our website.
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