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Openreach Launches Consult to Go All-In on IP
Openreach, BT (News - Alert) subsidiary, recently announced that it has launched a consultation that will help prepare for the upgrade to Voice over IP (VoIP) technology and the withdrawal of wholesale products and services that run over the traditional analogue telephone network.
BT, meanwhile, recently announced that it wanted its services, which are delivered to customers by Openreach, to move to all-IP. Carriers in the UK market that use Openreach to connect to residential and business customers reportedly are being given 10 weeks to file their responses.
“We’re launching this consultation because we’re committed to play a leading role in helping the industry move from analogue to digital products by 2025,” said Mark Logan (News - Alert), product director, Openreach. “As our customers demand faster and more reliable connectivity, we’ve already accelerated our plans to build more fiber to the premises (FTTP) broadband technology across Britain, and we expect to reach three million premises by the end of 2020. At the same time, we’re developing new, digital, broadband-only products that will no longer rely on BT’s ageing analogue voice platform.”
If this plan goes ahead, it will see Openreach closing down access to the traditional copper-based public switched telephone network (PSTN) and the Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN).
Openreach has posted an online briefing for communications providers, but it is available only to companies with an Openreach portal ID and password, and reportedly is having briefings in a number of UK cities.
Ken Briodagh is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars.
Edited by Ken Briodagh