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What will the big BT switch off mean for your business?

The BT switch off 2024

Use of the internet is an integral part of our daily lives whether at work, home or in a public space and as the world becomes even more reliable on internet usage for such things as services, grocery deliveries and even medication, a fast and reliable internet provider has never been more appropriate.

But what most people don’t realise is that the internet infrastructure itself is a very old implementation that was invented as a secure means of communication during the Cold War over an even older phone line system, and since then, apart from fibre optic upgrades, it has changed very little. Because of its age, the phone line system is now becoming outdated and BT is planning a switch-off that could affect your business.

Fortunately, there is good news but before we get into the details, some key considerations include:

  • What is the Switch Off?
  • New Tech, New Solution
  • Business Packages for Me

The switch-off is a planned event that is going to replace traditional ISDN and PSTN business communication methodologies with a completely online VoIP system while there is new technology available that offers completely tailored and relevant solutions for any size business with no abhorrent and outdated contracts.

What is the Switch Off?

By 2025, BT will have switched off all of its ISDN and PSTN internet communication systems. This is set to affect over 2 million small businesses in the UK that rely on the outdated technology for their day-to-day activities as BT implements a fully online Voice Over IP system that will mostly affect those who rely on telephone communication and faxing.

Voice Over IP is a web-based form of communication that uses the internet as a means of digital communication rather than traditional copper wire methods used for fax machines and landline telephones. However, this doesn’t mean anything bad for your business, in fact, it means quite the opposite.

You will have to adapt to a VoIP system but this is relatively cheap, costs less per month to run and provides superior quality over standard phone systems. Adaptors can also be purchased cheap and easily installed so that fax machines can operate via the VoIP system, therefore, benefiting from the faster speed and improved quality of fibre optic internet systems over the centuries-old copper wire Public Switched Telephone System.

New Tech, New Solution

Although VoIP can be integrated into the PSTN and ISDN systems, the technology is old and outdated therefore a new system is needed. Wave Internet offers a truly 21st Century solution to the 19th Century problem of fast, reliable and secure communication. Using microwave technology, at Wave Internet we can offer stunningly fast wireless internet connections to urban and rural regions alike.

We don’t mean Wi-Fi when we say “wireless”, our technology is much more advanced than that. Our wireless internet data is transmitted directly from one of our data distribution sites (that are connected to the fibre optic network) to your property, home or business without the need for any wires, just a small receiver dish similar to subscribed TV:

The use of microwave transmission means that no speed is lost and connection integrity is among some of the highest that modern technology allows. Because of this, being located far from an internet exchange is no longer an issue and we are able to provide superfast broadband wherever you need it, whenever you need it, regardless of location.

Wave Internet also offers superior advantages over other internet providers such as Sky, Virgin and BT, since they all still operate using wired technology which is prone to outages, exponential transmission drop off and requires a phone line billing system as an extra expense which can cost around £200 per year:

Wave InternetTraditional Providers
Maintains speed and connectionLoses speed and drops out
Flexible PricingExpensive and bound to packages
Provides a strong signal anywhereWeak or not available in some locations
No phone line requiredPhone line installation and payment 
Reliable mesh system availableWeak Wi-Fi signals

We also generously offer a free router to all customers who take up a no-contract subscription no matter what tier they choose, even our most moderately priced package.

Business packages with the latest in broadband technology

Despite our impressive technology, generous savings and super reliable service, where we really shine is offering the best packages to our customers that reflect fair and accurate pricing with no hidden charges or extraneous expenses. 

While we offer exceptional value for money with our family plans, we simply cannot be beaten with our comprehensive business tiers that offer everything a small to medium enterprise needs.

Wave InternetTraditional Providers
Transparent information and billingObscured technology and annual increases
Flexible contractsLong and locked in contracts
Unlimited usageExtra charges for exceeding limits
Exceptional customer serviceOutsourced and poor customer service

For businesses, our most reasonably priced Silver package starts at £49.99 per month for a guaranteed 20mbps download speed. More expensive options take business needs into consideration such as static IP addresses (required for remote access) and VoIP integration options with guaranteed download speeds of 65mbps and even 100mbps which can be discussed with our professional team. 

Connection is guaranteed even in the most rural locations* since phone lines and exchanges are not required as with traditional providers. This means that you will always have access to fast and reliable internet service that has been designed with modern-day communication systems in mind such as mesh systems and wireless technologies that will ensure a future proof implementation and guarantee a smooth transition into a 21st Century comms system when the switch-off has completed in less than 4 years.

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*Wave internet currently only operates in the Lancashire and Greater Manchester areas but we are pleased to announce that we are expanding our services to include many more locations.