The Great British Switch Off – What is happening & when?
July 2021 – by Grant Counsell, Incom-CNS Group Sales Director
At the end of June 2021, Openreach issued a ‘stop sell’ notice for copper-based services on the following tranche of telephone exchanges across the UK:
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Whilst this is all part of Openreach’s plan to move the UK to ‘full fibre’, it seems to have driven a deluge of quite forceful and scary sounding, emails from our competitors, all along the same lines – act NOW or services to your business may be disrupted.
Whilst I agree that making a plan and acting upon the changes is better done sooner rather than later, there is no cause for panic as it will be a few years yet before current services are affected. My aim here is to explain what Openreach are doing, and the impact on services, in an attempt to cut through the misinformation and provide a realistic and rational point of view from within the industry.
Upcoming stop sells
The next, and largest group of stop sells will come into effect on 5th October 2021, covering exchanges in these geographic areas:
Antrim & Newtownabbey
Basingstoke & Deane
Cheshire West & Chester
City of Edinburgh
Dumfries & Galloway
Epsom & Ewell
Isle of Anglesey
Newcastle upon Tyne
Newtownards & Bangor
Reigate & Banstead
Vale of Glamorgan
Please contact the Incom-CNS team with any questions or queries regarding what impact these changes will have on your business communications, we will be happy to help.
Telephone: 0161 788 0000
Openreach announced in 2018 that the UK would become ‘fully fibre’, with a plan to switch off all copper-based connectivity by 31st December 2025.
Since then, they have announced pilot areas in Mildenhall and Salisbury and recruited 5,000 engineers to upgrade the network. Subsequently, we have seen new data access products become available in different areas across the country, giving customers access to higher bandwidth products and/or different copper-based products that prepare the way for full fibre.
Here’s how it works:
- When 75% of an exchange area can access Full Fibre, Openreach will announce a ‘stop sell’ of copper-based products
- A stop sell notice is a warning that Openreach will no longer allow the ordering, change or upgrade of copper-based products after a fixed 12 month period
- Stop sells cover any product based on copper wires and will include analogue lines, ISDN lines, ADSL, FTTC and GFast products – including any changes and upgrades to these services
- From now until September 2022 a roll out of exchanges will have stop sell notices issued
- By September 2023, the plan is that no copper-based product will be available to order