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BT Lays Plans to Terminate PSTN-Based Wholesale Offering
We’ve been talking about the death of the PSTN for so long that we thought it might never come to pass. But reports indicate the demise of the public switched telephone network is imminent – at least in the U.K.
BT (News - Alert) is preparing to invite comment about how and when to terminate its Wholesale Line Rental solutions. That’s the word from The Register, which last week reported that BT Openreach (News - Alert) has communicated this plan to its communications provider customers in a recent email. The story says BT’s “broadband division will open consultation next month on the withdrawal of its WLR products, which are reliant on the PSTN.”
A page on the BT Openreach website explains that “Wholesale line rental 3 connects our network to terminating equipment at your customer’s site. These connections support incoming and outgoing PSTN calls, including those routed via the BT network, Carrier Pre-Select or Indirect Access…. You can choose between single and multiline services. Single line services are available in basic and premium variants, which offer differentiated service levels. All multiline packages provide premium service options.”
BT reportedly plans to deliver voice services via VoIP over fiber broadband. The plan calls for U.K. customers to be moved to new technology by 2025.
The telecommunications industry has been talking about the need to phase out the PSTN for at least a decade. AT&T back in 2009 told the FCC (News - Alert) that “forward-looking policy must enable a shift in investment from the legacy PSTN to newly deployed broadband infrastructure. While broadband usage – and the importance of broadband to Americans’ lives – is growing every day, the business model for legacy phone services is in a death spiral.”
Edited by Maurice Nagle