Openreach puts the stopper on copper

Thursday 07 September 2023 -

Openreach has stopped selling the copper product known as Wholesale Line Rental (WLR), which relies on the PSTN. Starting from 5 September, new WLR lines, broadband over WLR, and transfers of WLR between Communication Providers (CPs) will no longer be provided. They will continue to collaborate with CPs to migrate their customers to digital-only service (All IP), with particular attention given to the vulnerable and Critical National Infrastructure.

This is a major milestone ahead of switching off the PSTN in December 2025.

The service for those who already have it continues until the end of 2025, or until CPs migrate the customer to another product likely to be based on digital technology.  You will be contacted by them when they are ready to migrate your lines.

More information about the change can be found on the Openreach website.. 

Should you wish to understand more about the above or any other related matter regarding the ALL-IP / PSTN switch-off, please do not hesitate to contact the BSIA technical team

Are you an Installer or an ARC? Have you completed our short, important ALL IP status survey yet? If not, please complete it now and support our industry in understanding the full picture of the transition as we approach the crucial stages of the PSTN switch-off.