In a sign of the times BT has made the decision to abandon its existing public switched telephone network (PTSN) and instead switch to routing all phone calls over broadband using VoIP technology. What this means in reality for BT is once it has made the switch to VoIP it will no longer offer wholesale line rentals. BT Openreach which runs the network for almost all the providers in the UK bar one says it is beginning consultation next month to work out the best method to manage the transition.
It’s about time
The shift to VoIP makes complete sense because it means that there is one less network BT is forced to maintain. This will free up resources to make increased investments in broadband infrastructure instead of wasting the money on legacy technology that few people use. Another implication of switching to VoIP is that it means every home in the United Kingdom will have to have fast enough internet connectivity to allow the transmission of voice data. Since BT Openreach is heavily regulated it is highly likely that plans for upgrades have already been made or are in the progress.
One pipe to rule them all
BT is not the only company that is betting one day all its services will be delivered through a single broadband connection. Last year, rival Sky announced its intention to offer dish-free television options at some point this year. This effectively means that satellite television will now be delivered over the internet as well. More and more people are increasingly using catch up services to watch their favourite television shows instead of depending on Freeview.
The internet is now
In fact, iPlayer from the BBC has now started to outpace traditional television as next generation technologies such as HDR are tested over streaming services instead of traditional television. Despite the decline of traditional television, other transmission services continue to boom. Even though it is now possible to listen to almost all radio stations for free over the internet, there are still no plans to abandon the traditional method of transmission.