As most of you in the sector will know BT will close its traditional telephone network in Britain, with the intention of shifting all customers over to IP telephony services by 2025.
The closure of the public switched telephone network (PSTN) is part of plans by BT toward internet-based voice calls via a fibre network.
This is not necessarily a bad thing for the majority although there are some concerns around the support of telemetry based systems and telecare products for the elderly and vulnerable. The withdrawal of WLR (Wholesale line rental) product which is wholly reliant on the PSTN network will no doubt be causing the NCI sector some considerable headaches at this time.
These changes are wholly reliant on a strong, robust, fibre based network and unfortunately, when the UK has only 1.5% FTTP (Fibre to the premise) penetration, the only way for this to be done is by using cloud based solutions or SIP solutions for the most part.
Will moving to an IP based voice model guarantee security in all occasions? Is your current communication Infrastructure ready for a SIP solution? Have you budgeted for upgrades required to your PBX to allow SIP to work, up to £750 investment required?
In the cases of telemetry systems like SCADA for example, the current solution to record readings is not designed to make the technological change without significant opex increase, or indeed, bare the responsibility in the NCI arena of a service that would potentially be open to malicious attacks, breaching security protocols.
Unfortunately the custodians of our UK copper based network have stated to OFCOM that they see a drive to copper broadband, hosted IP voice or SIP solutions as the options to this change, all fraught with one challenge or another. Copper Broadband, is copper afterall, the infrastructure of the past and certainly not the fibre of the future which will empower business to maximise their technological power to allow them to control and make cost savings across their business.Hosted IP Voice and SIP solutions come with security concerns as forementioned.
That said, the primary reason for moving to a SIP trunking solution is purely financial, although this move may come at a cost. No business would deploy email or any web application without security, this area is disregarded often when companies look to move to a SIP solution. This results in a range of threats from denial of service attacks to call jacking and unfortunately the liability and the loss lies with the company and not the service provider. Will your current communications infrastructure support a SIP solution? Are you confident in it’s security potential?
Scottish Wireless have developed a solution to the issue with the Telemetry challenges in how customers can cost effectively transfer the call from the telemetry system across to the NOC in a secure and efficient manner with low ongoing opex.
All of Scottish Wireless end to end deployments are designed by expert staff and not commissioned until our very own CLAS consultant analyses the network and ensures that it is completely secure.
We are available to support and help your business through this transition. Why not give us a call today
For further information or to arrange a meeting with Peter please contact him directly at: [email protected] or call # 0754 932 7108.
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