finally announced that in the UK the analogue phone will be gone by 2025.
I have been saying this for a while, traditional landlines are on the way out. People use mobiles for calls, if they call at all as people tend to "message" and "text" and "FaceTime" a lot more these days, or so it seems to me.
But the end is in sight - BT plc t/a Openreach will stop selling analogue phone service, and even ISDN phone services, in only 5 years time (2023) and stop actual services 2 years later in 2025.
For actual phone calls the alternatives are mobile and VoIP. For businesses, services like webRTC to call from your browser. I have been using VoIP for a long time now, in fact I am not sure how long, but over a decade at least.
This will be a challenge to some industries where analogue lines are still used for alarm monitoring systems, lifts, and just as a backup.
It will also be interesting to see how OFCOM cope as voice telephony becomes simply an "over to top" service just like web pages, email, or things like FaceTime, which are out of their remit. It will also be interesting if this move is followed by the death of the "phone number" as a thing.
A&A have been selling broadband using the analogue copper pair simply as a carrier for the broadband for a long time. We don't do "landline" phone service. So for us, for these existing services, we simply migrate them to the data only variants rather than a "phone service with no calls" as we have now.
The bigger challenge is the existing broadband customers that have a phone line from someone else and broadband with us. They will need to realise that they have to change at some point in the next 7 years. Thankfully we already offer a means to migrate to a broadband only service and (where a BT number) port the number to VoIP which we can even point to a mobile SIM if needed. Even with our small customer base that represents an average of several lines per day that need moving in order to be finished in only 7 years!
But for now, no change. We need to wait for BT to have these new SOTAP and SOGEA services rolled out, which is likely later this year.
We live in interesting times...