This event is probably the biggest change in telecoms history that has occurred in the last few decades! We’re calling it the ‘Big Switch Off’.
You will probably now be aware of what is going to happen, but in short, BT* have announced that they are switching off their analogue and ISDN lines in 2025. This will force schools (businesses and homes too) to make changes to their existing telephone provision.
*NB BT Openreach own most of the UK’s telecoms line network, so even if you are with a different provider, this will still apply to your school.
Calling all Multi Academy Trusts!
The impact and the level of change and investment required will depend on schools existing telecoms technology. For a single school is a big consideration, but for multiple schools is potentially a huge task and, if you don’t get the correct advice, could become a huge financial strain.
Even though it is still a couple of years away, it is vital to start planning now. It is important to check contracts and notice periods, to understand your options and ensure budgets are allocated for any line upgrades and technology changes.
There is Good News…but Beware!
The good news is that there will be potential savings to be made, plus improved technology and features that schools can benefit from. The warning is that this forced change provides telecoms companies with the perfect opportunity to exploit schools, putting them at risk of being sold inappropriate, overpriced systems and becoming trapped in contracts.
Genuine help is at hand!
It may seem a daunting prospect for individual Schools and a complete headache for Multi Academy Trusts, but we can save you time and money!
Our Telecoms Planning Cost Savings Audit, Telephone System Procurement Service and our MAT Telecoms Strategy Planning Audit provide expert, honest advice designed to give schools the information and knowledge of what action is needed and how to avoid being over charged.
We work with you to achieve our end goal which is to help schools save and put money back into education.
To find out how your School or Multi Academy Trust can benefit please call us on 01937 420052 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep well & stay safe.