In line with current progressions in technology, the British Multinational Telecommunications giant, BT, will switch off ISDN lines in 2025, with purchases discontinued as of 2020. Initially introduced nationwide in 1986, connectivity has advanced greatly since the days of ISDN. In fact, the contribution of modern technology to each worker’s productivity is nearly five times greater today than it was 40 years ago.
The rapid adoption of key technologies over the last 40 years, including mobile phones, email, and business software, has meant the contribution of information and communications technology (ICT) to office worker productivity per hour is nearly five times (480%) more than what it was in the 1970s. – Centre for Economic and Business Research, conducted on behalf of telecoms operator O2.
Typewriters have given way to computers, computers have shrunk to tablets, party lines have evolved to private phone systems (PABX/PBX) and private lines have progressed into VoIP systems. Today’s technology provides businesses with limitless opportunities to improve their telephone communication processes. Never before has it been this easy to connect with your customers, prospects, colleagues and suppliers.
BT has chosen to discontinue ISDN lines as it has acknowledged that IP (Internet over Protocol) is the future for communication and sees little value in investing more time and money into a technology that won’t enhance the future world. Thanks to bigger and better data capabilities, businesses can take advantage of a great alternative, VoIP aka the “Voice Over Internet Protocol”. This flexible phone system allows you to make calls over your internet connection.
Key benefits of VoIP
Moving to VoIP has the potential to cut your costs, with only a single network needed to carry both your voice and data. Not only will you save on storage space and the equipment costs that come with a traditional phone system, you’ll also be able to take advantage of inexpensive international calls and long distance calls.
All of the traditional call system features you expect are available in hosted VoIP systems, including call hold, call transfer, call hunt, conference calling, find me / follow me, and auto-attendant phone menus. You’ll also be able to take advantage of voicemails sent to your email.
Scale up or down easily
With VoIP, you can add a line as soon as you add a new employee, and when an employee leaves, you can easily reassign or remove the line. Ensuring you always have the right number of phone lines for your needs.
Incoming phone calls are automatically routed to your VOIP phone where-ever you plug it into the network. Take your VoIP phone on your next business trip or work from home. All you need is a good quality internet connection and you can work from anywhere.
Multiple geographic numbers
VoIP allows you choose ANY geographical number, irrelevant of where you’re actually located. Offering numerous benefits – whether you wish to move your office, give the impression of a more prestigious address or advertise in different local areas.
Is it easy to migrate across to VoIP?
With the right provider - Yes. Whether or not you're currently tied into a contract, we are here to help you put a plan in place. Alongside expert advice, you can take advantage of a free VoIP system* to get you started. Click the big blue button to receive your free, no obligation quote or call our friendly team of advisors on 01252 854352, we are always more than happy to help!