by Elli Bauer
ISDN switch off - What you should know about it.
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Why is ISDN switched off?
The infrastructure behind ISDN is essentially the same infrastructure that underpinned the first telephony networks in the 1800s! It has, of course, been significantly overhauled and upgraded since then, but the core logic underneath the network is the same. The costs of maintaining such an old infrastructure are rising and with alternatives available, it doesn’t make sense to keep it up and running in that way.
Advantages of All-IP over ISDN:
- Simplified all communication channels, they are no longer necessary gateways.
- Only a single connection for data, voice and multimedia services necessary.
- Flexible use of devices.
- Easy scaling of services.
- Cost reduction.
- wider performance range.
- Services available anywhere, provided Internet access exists.
- Administration via Web.
- Better combination of data and voice services, in the form of enhanced interaction between computers and phones.
Is ISDN switch off a critical business issue?
The telephony network is undergoing a major transformation with the end of the ISDN network. Throughout Europe and beyond, Customers will be migrated to a single IP core network that ultimately will replace all legacy networks and platforms.
Many companies in Germany are still using the original version of the Odette File Transfer Protocol (OFTP) over ISDN to exchange commercial and engineering information with their business partners but the ISDN service will soon no longer be available.
Network operators in Germany have confirmed that the ISDN service will be phased out by 2019 so companies using ISDN will need to move to IP-based services as quickly as possible.
When to migrate?
We would advise businesses to start thinking about migrating sooner rather than later. Now that ISDN is essentially viewed as a legacy platform, investment in it is likely to fall. This could mean that the standard of the existing network, and support infrastructure, could begin to suffer the effects of being retired well before the 2025 switch off date.
ISDN switch off effect on your company.
We would recommend that your business moves to other alternatives in the near future, ISDN is now just seen as a legacy platform which means investment and maintenance will slow in the coming years. This could result in current infrastructure and the standard of current networks suffering ending in poor telephone service.