Saturday, November 17, 2018

BT to stop communicating

BT plan to end ISDN lines by 2025.

ISDN [Integrated Services Digital Network] is used primarily by businesses to drive phone systems and - largely defunct - equipment such as video calling and stereo voice.

BT have made a fortune out of isdn, particularly when it's used for data. Coupled with, even more expensive, leased lines, they've fibre fed commercial areas reluctantly because fast broadband replaces much of what isdn and leased services provide.

The proposition of ceasing isdn in a mere seven years is laughable when huge areas of the UK have zero or rubbish broadband.

It's bad enough considering the end of isdn but they are vaguely thinking of also ceasing analogue lines around this time. This would mean everyone, not just businesses, will have to move to hosted services - provided by, guess who. And, this is after years of saying you had to have an analogue line to carry the broadband - which you don't.

Luckily, for the vast amount of UK customers that have no broadband - and are not likely to ever get it from BT there are two options available.

  1. Elon Musk's plan for low orbiting satellite broadband service will negate the need for landline carriers such as BT all together - if it works. 
  2. Communications may be established via smoke signals, as used by native americans. This, however, is weather dependant - like my line from BT.

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