Monday, 04 March 2019 19:19

The Death of Traditional Telephony Is Just Around The Corner

One foot in the grave for traditional telephony in Australia; even with a last-minute extension to the disconnection commencement date, 30 September 2019 is only just around the corner.

Since the ramp-up of the NBN roll-out, disconnection has been looming over ISDN services; - the main phone lines still used by the majority of Australian businesses. With the cease of sale having come into full effect in June 2018, it might come as a surprise to many businesses that they only have a short time left before the disconnection of services commences.
 
Originally slated to commence in June 2019, Telstra have quietly extended it to 30 September 2019, but this only buys businesses an extra 3 months to transition off the technology.

What Services Are Being Killed Off, and Why?

ISDN is a digital network technology that carries voice and data services over the public switched telephone network. This method requires a physical connection per location, dedicated to telephony traffic.

With the rise of Voice over IP solutions, telephony traffic can move to more robust data network connections, enabling versatility and redundancy not available through traditional telephony.

Spurred on by the continued roll-out of the NBN, Telstra has ceased sale of ISDN2, ISDN2 Enhanced,ISDN10/20/30, DDS Fastway, Megalink and Frame Relay products since 30th June 2018, with a final disconnection for the entire ISDN network expected by 2022 when the products will no longer exist in Australia. The disconnection of ISDN timeline is as follows:

•    31st January 2018 - New ISDN services became unavailable for customers who did not already have ISDN in place.
•    30th June 2018 - Full cease sale on new or additional ISDN services came into effect for all customers. No new ISDN services are available.
•     30th September 2019 - Disconnection will commence for existing ISDN connections
•    By 2022 - All ISDN connections will be disconnected and the full network will be decommissioned.

How To Survive The ISDN Shutdown

Preparation is key to surviving the ISDN shutdown without having your phones cut off. Over the Wire, a leader in business telecommunication solutions in Australia, have compiled an ISDN Shutdown Survival Guide; to help businesses stay ahead.

The guide includes advice on how to find out if your phone line is ISDN, an overview of the ISDN shutdown, what's after ISDN, and how to deploy an IP telephony solution for your business.

To find out more, download the Survival Guide or reach out directly to the telco experts at Over the Wire.

About Over the Wire

Over the Wire (ASX:OTW) is a Telecommunications and IT solution provider, specialising in converged voice and data networks, hosted infrastructure, and managed IT solutions for corporate clients. With Australian-based, 24x7x365 support, Over the Wire not only gives businesses an alternative, but an end-to-end solution partner to work with and to look after their telecommunications and IT needs. Learn more about Over the Wire by calling on 1300 689 689 or
visiting https://overthewire.com.au/

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