Isdn Pstn Switch-Off, What Are Your Options?

13th November 2020

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What Are The Alternatives To Keep Your Business Communications Up To Date?


What are the alternatives to keep your business communications up to date?

For those that don’t know, the ISDN switch off will happen at the end of 2025. Although this seems like some time off, preparing now will save time and money in the long run. There’s a varied range of options for business communications that come with many benefits and ultimately end users get a much-improved communication system.

Just being able to communicate via voice is not enough anymore, customers expect an exceptional experience, and this can only be delivered via a next generation communication system. What that system looks like depends on many variables and today’s phone systems can be tailored to any business needs.

What are the top alternatives for your company communications?


Hybrid System

Hybrid telephone system solutions give you the benefits and enterprise-level features associated with Hosted and VoIP – including DDI, voicemail, conference calling and industry-leading IVR – while allowing you to retain complete control and ownership of your existing hardware.

A hybrid telephone system solution makes it easy to transition to a hosted solution without making existing hardware redundant.

Hybrid telephone system solutions excel in situations where businesses have remote or secondary offices. Hybrid telephone system allows you to deploy new sites without investing in new infrastructure whilst maintaining your existing hardware.

The Elite hybrid telephone system also gives you access to a range of additional features and functionalities. These are often unavailable to those using a traditional telephony solution and include omnichannel and a suite of collaboration tools.


The Benefits Of A Hybrid System

  • Flexibility
  • Cost
  • Traditional And Advanced Features


Sip Trunks

SIP is a cost-effective replacement for traditional voice services.

SIP provides a highly flexible alternative to traditional voice services and is compatible with all the leading IP PBX brands in the UK market, supporting connections ranging from 2 channels for businesses with small PBXs to solutions with no limit on the number of channels for larger enterprises and contact centres.

SIP trunks allow you to keep costs down whilst increasing telephony resilience and flexibility. Connecting you to the worldwide network, your business can make calls to local, national & mobile numbers at a much lower cost than traditional voice services. Long distance services are also far more cost-effective when using SIP trunking, which means your business will save money when calling international numbers.

SIP trunks have flexible billing options, like Elites inclusive minute bundles to ensure you get a SIP package which is cost-effective for your business.

With a SIP solution, you get a service that is more robust and cost-effective than traditional voice services.


The Benefits Of Sip

  • Scalability
  • Flexibility
  • Continuity
  • Cost Reductions


Hosted Phone System

Hosted phone systems allow for greater flexibility and are fast becoming the preferred option for many business communication systems.

According to research, your business could save anywhere between 50-70% by switching to a hosted phone system. Using VoIP technology can help your business significantly reduce call costs to local, national, and international numbers, so you can save money by making those vital business calls over the internet rather than analogue phone lines. A hosted phone system can also drive your profitability in more subtle ways- whether that’s boosting productivity with better call control features, flexible working options and built-in business continuity or saving you time and money on IT maintenance,  management and optimisation that can be re-invested in other areas of your business


The Benefits Of A Hosted System

  • Flexibility
  • Scalability
  • Features Rich
  • Automatic Upgrades
  • Phone System Management
  • Business Continuity
  • Minimal Set-Up Costs
  • Low Monthly Cost Per User
  • No Physical Hardware
  • Speedy Installation
  • Low Maintenance Cost


Although the ISDN switch off deadline has been widely publicised as the end of 2025 rumour has it that this could be earlier, whilst this is only speculation, having a plan in place for your business communication needs early, is a wise move.


Elite Group is one of the UK’s leading unified communication providers, supplying reliable and professional IT and telecoms services to organisations seeking Business Mobile, Cloud, Networking, Connectivity, and Telephony solutions. 


For more information on how Elite Group can power your unified communication solutions, call us or request a quote today