The clock is ticking

Remember a time when we just had analog television and we were told about the introduction of digital? We thought it was a strange beast and the switch over would be difficult to navigate. Now we can’t even really recall a time without it and we’ve all got on with our lives.

And so it is with the ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network switch-off, it may seem a bit of an unknown, but there is no need to be concerned about how will the ISDN switch-off impact your business – in fact you might well come to the conclusion that you are far better off.

Countdown has begun

The IDSN switch-off and introduction of the NBN is already making its presence felt around various parts of Australia as Telstra has now ceased the sale of ISDN2, ISDN2 Enhanced, ISDN10/20/30, DDS Fastway, Megalink and Frame Relay products, with a final disconnection date expected by 2022. By then, all these products will no longer be functioning.

Transition period

Telstra says that during the period between ceasing to offer these products and the complete cessation of the ISDN they expect that the NBN Co rollout will reach more than 90 per cent of Australian premises and the telco will be required to disconnect the copper network currently used to deliver these products on a region by region basis.

What to do?

If your business is well-informed and well-prepared, the ISDN switch-off should have minimal impact on your everyday activities. Nonetheless, there are still many businesses around the nation, large and small, who are unsure about what is available instead of the ISDN, so here is what you need to know.

Consider this

  • You may not have as much time as you think to evaluate what to replace your ISDN with as disconnection will commence for existing ISDN connections in June next year – that’s less than 12 months which is the blink of an eye for most businesses.
  • You will be pleased to know there are already viable solutions available to you to replace your ISDN. One of the best options is Session Initiated Protocol (SIP).
  • With the phasing out of ISDN, switching to sophisticated SIP technology should be a top priority for your business, especially as it can be more efficient and cheaper than ISDN.
  • An expert in the field, such as us, can explain to you how it all works. A SIP trunk, for example, is the digital equivalent of an old-school phone line. It can be used via public internet as well as via private IP connections.

To find out more about SIP technology for your business or if you have any questions regarding the ISDN switch off please reach out to our team here.