5th September 2023    STOP SELL is here !!   

Openreach - Stage 1 - STOP SELL

The Openreach “Stop Sell” policy has sent shockwaves through the telecommunications industry, affecting businesses in and around Kent, UK. This policy, implemented to encourage the transition to newer, faster, and more reliable technologies, has left many companies grappling with connectivity issues and uncertain futures. In this article, we’ll explore the implications of the Openreach Stop Sell policy on businesses in Kent and introduce IKONIX Telecoms as a solution provider poised to help these businesses navigate this challenging landscape.

The Openreach "Stop Sell" Policy

Openreach, a subsidiary of BT Group, plays a vital role in providing the infrastructure that enables broadband and telephone services across the UK. The “Stop Sell” policy, initiated by Openreach, aims to phase out traditional analogue and ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) services, pushing businesses towards internet-based solutions like Voice over IP (VoIP) and Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) technology, known as the “Digital Switch off”.

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Effects on Kent Businesses

Disruption and Uncertainty: The abrupt shift away from legacy phone systems has left many Kent businesses in a state of confusion and uncertainty. Companies reliant on traditional phone lines and ISDN services are now faced with the daunting task of transitioning to modern, digital alternatives.

Connectivity Challenges: The availability of FTTP and high-speed internet varies across Kent, with some areas still lacking adequate infrastructure. This digital divide hinders business operations, making it difficult for companies to stay competitive and efficiently serve their customers.

Potential Downtime: Transitioning from traditional phone lines to internet-based services can lead to downtime, affecting customer communications and causing potential revenue losses for businesses in Kent.

Compliance and Security Concerns: Businesses must navigate new regulatory requirements and ensure the security of their communications when adopting digital solutions. Compliance issues and data security breaches can be significant concerns during this transition.

How IKONIX Telecoms Can Help

IKONIX Telecoms is a Kent-based telecommunications solutions provider with a track record of helping businesses thrive in the digital age. Here are some ways in which IKONIX Telecoms can assist Kent businesses affected by the Openreach Stop Sell policy:

Seamless Transition to VoIP: IKONIX Telecoms offers VoIP solutions tailored to meet the specific needs of Kent businesses. Their experts can guide companies through a smooth transition, minimizing downtime and ensuring a seamless shift from traditional phone systems.

Fibre-Optic Connectivity: IKONIX Telecoms can help businesses access high-speed, reliable FTTP connections where available, ensuring uninterrupted internet access for critical operations.

Customized Solutions: Every business is unique, and IKONIX Telecoms understands that. They provide customized telecommunications solutions that cater to individual business requirements, ensuring optimal performance and cost-efficiency.

Compliance and Security: Staying compliant with telecommunications regulations and ensuring data security is paramount. IKONIX Telecoms offers comprehensive security measures and guidance to keep businesses protected in the digital realm.

Ongoing Support: Transitioning to new technology is just the beginning. IKONIX Telecoms offers ongoing support, maintenance, and training to empower Kent businesses to make the most of their telecommunications solutions.

Case Study: Kent Business Success with IKONIX Telecoms

Let’s look at a real-life example of a Kent-based business that benefited from IKONIX Telecoms’ expertise during the Openreach Stop Sell transition:

Case Study: XYZ Ltd

XYZ Ltd, a medium-sized manufacturing company in Kent, relied heavily on ISDN lines for their communication needs. When the Openreach Stop Sell policy was announced, they faced the daunting task of migrating their phone system while minimizing downtime.

IKONIX Telecoms stepped in to provide a customized VoIP solution that seamlessly integrated with XYZ Ltd’s existing infrastructure. The transition was executed without disruptions to daily operations, ensuring uninterrupted communication with clients and suppliers.

Although the client was aware of the “Switch off ” approaching and the need to move to VoIP, he was’t fully aware that other legacy products in use were also going to be affected by the upcoming changes. Both his EPOS machine (PDQ OR Credit card machine) and the existing FTTC (Fiber to the Cabinet) internet products rely on the legacy analogue lines which will also be turned off. This would have had a catastrophic affect on the business, losing the ability to take card payments and having NO INTERNET or Voice communications. 

Additionally, IKONIX Telecoms helped XYZ Ltd secure their digital communications, ensuring compliance with industry regulations and safeguarding sensitive business data. As a result, XYZ Ltd not only survived the Openreach Stop Sell transition but also experienced improved communication efficiency and cost savings.

One of our consultants carried out a thorough and free survey on a “risk & reward” basis to identify any weak spots in the company to ensure everything was completed within the timescales.

The company is now comfortable to go forward and pass the final “Switch OFF” date without any compliance worries at all knowing that the entire infrastructure is truly future proofed.