The PSTN and Digital Switch Off in the UK: Navigating the Transition with Amicus Networks

The Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) has been the cornerstone of the UK’s communication infrastructure for over a century, facilitating voice calls across the nation. However, as we move towards a more digital future, the PSTN is set to be phased out. This transition, known as the “Digital Switch Off,” signifies a pivotal shift towards a fully digital network, offering enhanced communication capabilities but also necessitating adaptation to new technologies. Here’s an overview of the PSTN, the digital switch off, and how Amicus Networks can assist in this transition.

Understanding PSTN

The PSTN encompasses a global network of voice-oriented public telephone networks. It has provided reliable, circuit-switched telephony over copper lines for decades. Despite its extensive coverage and reliability, the PSTN’s capabilities are becoming overshadowed by the superior, digital communication technologies emerging today.

Why the Switch Off?

The move away from the PSTN to digital networks is driven by:

  • Technological Advancements: Digital networks, including VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) and cloud-based systems, offer more reliable and higher quality communication options.
  • Cost and Efficiency: Digital solutions are more cost-effective and efficient to maintain than the aging PSTN infrastructure.
  • Consumer Demand: There’s a growing demand for faster, more reliable communication services that digital networks are better equipped to provide.

The Transition to Digital

The UK aims to complete the digital switch off by 2025, transitioning all PSTN services to digital alternatives. This change will impact everyone using landline services, necessitating a move to technologies like VoIP, which uses the internet for call services.

How Amicus Networks Can Help

Transitioning to a digital communication network can seem daunting, but Amicus Networks is here to simplify the process. Here’s how we can assist:

  • Tailored Solutions: We assess your specific needs to provide customised digital communication solutions that align with your requirements.
  • Infrastructure Upgrade Support: Our team can help ensure your internet connection and internal network are primed for digital technologies, guiding you through any necessary upgrades.
  • Expert Guidance: Choosing the right service provider is crucial. Amicus Networks offers expert advice to help you select the best digital communication services for your situation.
  • Education and Training: We provide resources and training to ensure you and your team are well-prepared to utilise the new digital systems effectively.

Preparing for the Switch Off

  • Assess Your Needs: With our help, evaluate how digital alternatives can meet or enhance your communication needs.
  • Upgrade Your Infrastructure: We’ll assist in upgrading your broadband service or internal wiring to support digital communication technologies.
  • Choose the Right Service Provider: Leverage our expertise to find a reliable service provider that meets your digital communication needs.
  • Educate and Train: Benefit from our training programs to ensure seamless adaptation to the new technologies.

Benefits of Going Digital with Amicus Networks

  • Enhanced Communication: Experience clearer voice quality, higher reliability, and additional features such as video calls and messaging.
  • Cost Savings: Our digital solutions can help reduce operational costs compared to traditional PSTN services.
  • Flexibility and Scalability: We offer digital systems that can easily scale with your needs, providing flexibility in managing communication services.


The digital switch off marks a significant evolution in the UK’s communication landscape. While it requires preparation and adaptation, transitioning to digital networks with Amicus Networks by your side opens up a realm of possibilities for enhanced, efficient, and flexible communication solutions. Embrace this change and leverage the benefits of modern technology to stay connected in an increasingly digital world. Speak to us today to see how we can help with your transition.


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