In 2016 BT announced the phasing out of ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) & PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) by 2025. The idea being that all telephone lines must migrate to VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) type services in order to continue receiving landline based services.
Ofcom has recently announced that it is proceeding with a formal notification to require the legal separation of Openreach from BT. This move has been made after BT failed to offer voluntary proposals that address competition concerns. The regulator has said it is preparing a formal notification to the European Commission to start the separation process.
When Alexander Graham Bell patented his improved version of Johann Philipp Reis’ early telephone design, few could have forseen the impact it would have on how we communicate with each other. The telephones we use today are a far cry from the pioneering efforts of Bell and Reiss, and to celebrate the evolution of one of mankind’s greatest inventions we’ve put together a brief guide to the fasicnating history of telephony.
We recently came across this story about how rural businesses are affected by poor internet connectivity and felt it made a very important point about the state of the UK’s broadband infrastructure. Whilst it is very easy to say that if your business depends on a reliable internet connection then investing in a leased line should be considered a “no brainer”, but not all businesses can afford these types of circuits and, more importantly, should they have to pay extra for the privilege of a being able to connect to the internet?
Good communication is without doubt one of the most important ingredients for business success. Without it, organisations and the employees within them will likely struggle to realise their full potential. However, although we all know how important effective communication is, it’s something that is often overlooked. There are numerous benefits to communicating effectively both internally and externally with colleagues, clients and suppliers.