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Besides landline phones, lots of systems currently rely on the PSTN, including:

home burglar alarms and security systems
public traffic lights
cash machines
railway signals
motorway signs
And they will all have to switch to fully digital alternatives.     ::)

We have been taking intruder alarms and security systems off PSTN for ages now.

Even BT Redcare has changed with the primary on your WiFi and the secondry over a mobile network.


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I expect the lady will suddenly find an irrepressible job offer comes up around 2024 :)
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We are classed as in remote area,(3 miles from Cardigan  :dunno:) all wiring telephone and elec are on overhead cables.  cant even get decent mobile coverage, so be interesting to see how its done.
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Lyndsey Fussel, Ofcom’s networks and communications group director was on Radio 4's consumer programme 'You and Yours' just a few minutes ago.

A very confidently spoken lady she has assured us all that by 2025 no-one should be left without a landline of one sort or another to use in case of emergency and that the move to VOIP is set in stone and going ahead no matter what.

She made the case for ultimately getting rid of copper due to it's age and fragility and sounded supremely confident that the swap to VOIP should just be a case of plugging our phones in to our routers and all will be well.

There was mention made of customers in remote areas who were concerned about the loss of a landline phone (which, as we know, receives its power from a central source in the exchange) and who had difficulty in getting a reply from BT when wanting to ask what was planned for them ...  and, following intervention from the programme's representatives, were suddenly told they could have a back up battery for their phone in cases of a power cut.

So, fortunately, we can rest assured there won't be a problem because the companies who provide service to customers will, in one way or another, overcome the problems of care-lines and alarms and traffic lights and all the other paraphernalia that relies on landlines.

Happy days.
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IDNet do have access to the forums, and they have occasionally corresponded.
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Following on from my earlier mention of my neighbour and his new Sky "Superfast" contract (which I believe is for 18 months) and having looked at their advertising online I can see what "robinc" was saying about their router having an ATA box built in - they refer to it in black and white.

"Talos" has just mentioned features that he hopes will be available with any new system.  I can only add that, when speaking to Steve Waters and looking at the specification of the VOIP phones that will be available, it looks as thought they would carry out any task asked of them ... to say that they were full of advanced features would, to me at least, be an understatement. Far more advanced than I would ever need.

But as for the more simple option of plugging our existing phones in to some supplementary box of tricks (which I guess is what they're calling an ATA) I have no idea.

We all realise that the apparent cut-off date is December 2025 ... four years away.  When you put it like that we might wonder what we're worrying about - so maybe the powers that be at IDNet consider it too early to be telling customers what's what - and I imagine whatever they did say could all change by then. But, apparently, lots of business users are already hooked up to the new arrangement and it would seem obvious that ISPs would want to get geared up well before the cut-off date so I still think it would be nice to be kept a liitle better informed.

Does anyone at IDNet get to see these discussions?
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Yes, a call blocker is essential.  Imagine the fun the scammers could have with this?  :facepalm:
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I hope they make it simple for non techies like me. If I cant just plug it in Ill be lost. And it needs to be able to run the system I have now, Eg  answer Mc , amplifier ( for my missus who is deaf ) call blocker with caller display etc.

 :-\
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One hopes that when this starts to roll out properly there will be something you can just put next to the current master socket which you can then wire your existing extension wiring to.

Setting up a SIP ATA is not too much different to setting up a DSL modem: user, password, server address, and possibly a couple of other setting choices.
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