BT Switch Off

BT Switch Off

What is the BT Switch Off in 2025?

BT Openreach has announced that in 2025, they will permanently switch off the UK’s old analogue telephone network (ISDN and PSTN). This action will completely shift communications technology into a digital space and every phone line in the UK will become digital, with calls routed over internet-based technology known as VoIP or IP.

The process has in fact already started. From September 2023, Openreach will NOT provide new phone lines in the UK.

This has some serious implications for rural areas, such as Cornworthy Parish. In the event of a power failure, unless you have battery backup or make special provisions, it will NOT be possible to make a call, even to 999. Ordinarily you would simply use your mobile telephone, however, the quality of signal in parts of the parish is poor and may make it challenging. Telephone providers will be obliged to provide equipment to vulnerable individuals to ensure the landline is usable.

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Were you aware of the planned switch off ?
Do you have a landline, with a telephone number ?
How often do you currently use your landline ?
Do you have already have fibre broadband installed ?
Do you use 4G, 5G or Starlink broadband technology?
Assuming you have a mobile/cell phone, how would you rate the ability to make calls from home ?
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If mobile coverage could be improved in the Parish, would you support this ?
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