Withdrawal of WLR services

Withdrawal of WLR services

WLR Withdrawal, are you planning ahead?



As BT accelerates its plans to migrate the UK voice network from copper to fibre, the pressure to change solutions becomes ever more urgent.

BT will withdraw the Wholesale Line Rental (WLR) service by 2025. It sounds an age, but it isn’t.


Businesses need to be thinking about their future communications solutions.



Millsit are partnered to provide specialist telephony services. We’ve outlined below a few ways you can prepare. If you want to discuss your options in more detail please don’t hesitate to book a review with one of our experts.



Have a look over your bills, does it include any of the following?





Analogue Lines

Fire Alarm Lines

PTSN Lines


Does your premises have any lift/elevator alarms or intercoms?


If you do then you need to start thinking about your long term telephony arrangement. In short, anyone with an on-site PBX, telephone line, fax line, PDQ line or broadband line is affected and will need to make a plan. Contact us today.


What’s happening?


BT & Openreach announced some time ago the intention to switch off the ISDN services from the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) by 2025. They have also announced that they intend to switch off the whole PSTN service by 2025, with no new supply after 2023.


Although they’ve been the most reliable solutions to date, PSTN and ISDN are rapidly becoming out of date technology, and expensive to operate and maintain. Openreach plans to invest instead in fibre infrastructure rather than further invest in a new version of the PSTN (which is essentially Victorian technology)


This means that any individual or organisation still using these traditional voice services will need to have moved to newer SIP and IP voice solutions by then or, simply put, they won’t be able to use their phones.

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