Future-proof technologies – preparing for the PSTN Switch-Off

The PSTN Switch-Off

The UK and Ireland’s Communications Providers are in the process of upgrading their customers from the existing analogue phone service to an enhanced IP service. The plan is to migrate to a fully digital phone service by the end of 2025.

The change will affect anything which currently plugs into the existing analogue telephone wall sockets. This includes fire & security signalling systems and telecare dispersed alarms. The project is already well underway, and the impact is being seen at premises nationwide. 

Future-proof technologies

As a specialist in the security monitoring services sector, First County Monitoring (FCM) is aware of the impact that the PSTN Switch-Off will have on its installers, customers, and end-users. Early adoption of services and technologies that remove the need for the PSTN Network has been high on our agenda. We are actively encouraging the move away from any system that uses PSTN and FCM’s technology partners, such as CSL, have been ensuring that their product lines are at the forefront of the technology change.

CSL now offers a new, future-proofed selection of products and solutions that no longer depend upon or require connection to legacy PSTN.

The DualCom Pro range offers the latest technologies for single and dual-path signalling. It offers multiple roaming 4G WorldSIMs as well as meeting all the latest European standards, including EN54 for Fire.

CSL is working in partnership with Alarm Receiving Centres (ARCs) like FCM to ensure that all systems are future-proofed or updated in preparation for the switch-off.

What role does FCM play in this? 

Along with the information that CSL is providing, FCM is also proactively communicating the change to its clients. This is a joint process to remove old legacy digital communicators and products that rely on PSTN.

Failure to act now will result in you, our installers, customers, and end-users getting left behind. While the switch-off will be completed by 2025, exchanges around the country are already in the process of implementation. Some have even switched already. Therefore, you must act now – before it’s too late.

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