Openreach (BT) today released the next batch of 77 exchange offices in the UK where they plan to move away from legacy copper-based analog telephony services (PSTN / WLR etc) to a new all-IP network, which will occur in areas where more than 75% of locals can get their FTTP (Fiber-to-the-Premises) broadband network.
In general, there are two different, albeit closely related, steps to move away from old infrastructure and copper line services. The first begins with the gradual migration from traditional voice services (PSTN) to all-IP technologies, which is expected to end in December 2025 and occurs on a copper line (eg. SOGEA) (i.e. copper and full fiber ISPs will need to introduce IP / VoIP voice solutions for customers).
The second step involves the continued deployment of a faster FTTP broadband infrastructure – using light signals via fiber optics instead of electrical signals via copper. It is only after this second step is largely completed in an exchange area that you can really begin to deactivate copper in favor of fiber, which is a longer process (i.e. qu ‘it takes time to deploy FTTP, then it takes time for client migration etc.).
As above, the process of switching from copper lines to fiber lines begins once 75% of the premises in a central office are able to receive this full fiber connectivity. The target for this is often around 24 months after the start of fiber deployment, while the copper shutdown can then occur around 3 years later (consumer migration is a slow process). The pace of this progress may vary from location to location, as some areas will have better network coverage than others.
The migration process itself usually begins with a “no hindsight”Policy for premises connected with FTTP (ie no reversion to copper), followed by“stop-sell»Copper services to new customers (12 months notice is usually given before this begins) and ultimately full withdrawal.
The next 77 exchange locations (Q2 2021)
To date, a total of 220 FTTP exchanges upgrades have been notified as part of the aforementioned process (including the Salisbury test exchange). The first batch of 118 exchange points in the UK, where they would stop selling their old analogue phone services by June 29, 2021, was announced in May 2020 (here). After that we had another batch of 51 in October 2020 (here) and then another 51 in January 2021 (here).
NOTE: Openreach also confirmed today that it will be pushing back the trigger date for 104 of the original 117 locations, announced last summer and due to be notified as a stop sale in June, by a few months to October 2021. This is due to the ‘impact on their Full Fiber supply by COVID-19 restrictions under lockdown.
Since then, Openreach has also launched the semi-linked “List of waiting calls(Here), which aims to raise awareness among UK businesses of their intention to withdraw old analogue copper telephony services (PSTN / WLR, etc.) by December 2025 and replace them with digital alternatives (IP / VoIP ).
The 77 exchanges announced today reflect around 700,000 premises, where the operator plans to stop selling copper-based services in 12 months (entered into force on April 29, 2022). This brings the total number of trading venues where they plan to stop selling copper-based services to 297, covering a total of 2.9 million premises.
James Lilley, Director of Managed Customer Migration at OR, said:
“This is really a big deal for our industry because it marks the next step in the digital revolution.
As we build more and more Full Fiber infrastructure across the country, we are also working closely with our communications provider customers to plan for the retirement of legacy services and make copper-to-fiber upgrades just as smooth. as possible. This is the next step on this journey – a further commitment that we will stop selling copper products in areas where full fiber will be widely available.
In just three years, we will stop selling analog products across the country and we are already working to upgrade some 14 million analog lines to digital by 2025. ”
The operator also added a Stop the sales page on their website, making it a bit easier to see any changes (this also includes areas where only analog phone services are removed regardless of FTTP coverage, as in the Mildenhall trial).
Some may note from the page above that Openreach has now also implemented a sell-out in 13 of the original 117 exchanges notified in Tranche 1, which are now referenced as Tranche 1a and will help the operator to be maximized “operational learning and ensure that all deconcentrated countries have at least one exchange. As such, the program now looks like this.
FTTP Exchange Upgrade Program Summary
Tranche 1a – Stop sell to be implemented in 13 exchanges from June 29, 2021
Tranche 1b (104 exchanges) and Tranche 2 (51 exchanges) – Stop sell to be implemented on October 5, 2021
Tranche 3 – 51 exchanges, stop sale to be implemented as planned on January 25, 2022
Tranche 4 – 77 exchanges, stoppage of sale to be implemented on April 29, 2022
It should be noted that 24 of the scholarships listed today are in towns (310,640 past homes), while 1 is in a BDUK public aid area, 27 are in Northern Ireland (251,548 past homes) and 25 are considered rural (136,709 households). past).
The 77 new stoppage exchanges
|Exchange name||Exchange place||Redemption code|
|Henley- In- Arden||Stratford-on-Avon||CMHEN|
|Ellesmere Harbor||Cheshire West and Chester||LVELL|
|Winsford||Cheshire West and Chester||MRWIN|
|Hornsea||East Riding of Yorkshire||MYHNS|
|Antrim||Antrim and Newtownabbey||NIAT|
|Banbridge||Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon||NIBB|
|Ballyclare||Antrim and Newtownabbey||NIBC|
|Ballymena||Middle and East Antrim||NIBM|
|Ballymoney||Causeway Coast and Glens||NIBO|
|Brookhall||Derry City and Strabane||NIBRH|
|Ballywalter||Ards and North Down||NIBWR|
|Carnlough||Middle and East Antrim||NICL|
|Coleraine||Causeway Coast and Glens||NICN|
|Donaghadee||Ards and North Down||NIDD|
|Downpatrick||Newry, Morne and Down||NIDP|
|Enniskillen||Fermanagh and Omagh||NIEK|
|Glengormley||Antrim and Newtownabbey||NIGGY|
|Hillsborough||Lisburn and Castlereagh||NIHO|
|Holywood||Ards and North Down||NIHW|
|Londonderry||Derry City and Strabane||NILDM|
|Riverine||Derry City and Strabane||NILDW|
|Larne||Middle and East Antrim||NILE|
|Lisburn||Lisburn and Castlereagh||NILN|
|Newcastle||Newry, Morne and Down||NEW|
|Newry||Newry, Morne and Down||NEW|
|Omagh||Fermanagh and Omagh||NIOM|
|Portrush||Causeway Coast and Glens||NIPR|
|Strabane||Derry City and Strabane||NISE|
|Findon||Is it worth it||SDFNDN|
|Bedminster||Bristol, city of||SSBED|
|Eastville||Bristol, city of||SSEAV|
|Long Ashton||North Somerset||SSLON|
|South Chester||Cheshire West and Chester||WNCSS|