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Version 275 in late April 2021 updates Fleur Telecom (residential), Shell Energy Retail (residential), Sky Talk (residential), Virgin Media (residential). and Zen (residential).
Ofcom has started a second consultation on the future of telephone numbers as the PSTN/ISDN evolves into all VoIP over the next five years. Ofcom proposes that operators will no longer need to offer local dialling without an area code, as already happens for mobiles and some cities. Revenue sharing will be banned on geographic and 03 numbers. Existing loose rules on telephone numbers been allocated geographically will remain, out of area numbers will still be allowed for businesses, but Ofcom does not plan to issue detailed guidelines on what area code is applicable for each post code, the industry will choose.
Improved searching for localities in CodeLook to also look-up BT exchange names (often different) and locality district which allows groups of local exchanges to be found. CodeLook now also displays dates for PSTN/ISDN close down, when selling these products stops and when they are withdrawn, also some Openreach full fibre planning. This new information will be added to localities.csv file shortly for numbering members.
Version 274 in late March 2021 updates BT (business and residential), Daisy Communications (business), EE (residential), Shell Energy Retail (residential), TalkTalk (business), Telappliant (business) and Zen (business). DrayTel is now Telappliant Red.
Some of the features of our CodeLook dialling code lookup are now available using a Json API, for business and numbering members that prefer to integrate our data into their own systems rather than downloading data files or using a web page.
BT increases prices in March each year, by the rate of inflation plus 3.9%. From 31st March 2021, for old packages inland calls and access charge are up to 15.87p/min, mobile to 17.99p/min, call setup to 24.33p/call, international calls all up, except EU countries down to 18.9p/min. For PAYG packages, inland and mobile up to 20.9p/min. Standard line rental is up to £21.20/month, line rental without broadband down to £11.73/month, all call packages and calling features up a little. Broadband prices all up by different amounts whether inside or outside minimum contract, for the latter Unlimited Broadband including line rental is now £47.54/month, Superfast Fibre Essential (36/10) removed since now costs more than 50/10, Superfast Fibre 1 (50/10) and Superfast Fibre 2 (67/20) now both £41.43/month, Ultrafast Fibre 100 now £65.82/month, Ultrafast Fibre 250 now £76.27/month.
BT business line rental, line features, and BT Business Call Essentials prices increased from 1st April 2020, six months after the last rental increase. Business line rental is up £1.80 to £31/month, ISDN-30e channel now £29.70/month, Value line rental up to £25.53/month, Critical line rental to £37.30/month. SIP Trunk up to £15.95/month but call charges unchanged. All call features up a little. All BT Standard Business, Business Plan and Business Call Essentials inland call prices are up 1p/min, Essentials Unlimited UK Calls up £1 to £14.90/month. BT Standard Business call set-up now 29p/call.
Version 273 in late February 2021 updates Fleur Telecom (residential), Just Dial Pre-pay (residential), Sky Talk (residential), TalkTalk (residential) and Vodafone (residential).
There is a trend for operators to raise prices annually by the rate of inflation plus 3.9%, mostly in March but some a little later, announcements so far by BT, Everything Everywhere, John Lewis Broadband, PlusNet, Sky and Virgin Media.
BT Openreach will no long build or provision copper infrastructure into new FTTP site locations from 29th June 2021.
Version 272 in late January 2021 updates Direct Save Telecom (residential), PlusNet (business), Port 5060 (business) and Sky Talk (residential).
There is a trend for operators to raise prices annually by the rate of inflation plus 3.9%, mostly in March but some a little later, announcements so far by BT, Everything Everywhere, John Lewis Broadband and PlusNet.
BT Openreach will stop selling landline PSTN and ISDN at 117 exchanges from June 2021, 51 more from October 2021 and another 51 from January 2022 with the remaining 5,000 odd exchanges following in batches over the next three years and all PSTN and ISDN services ceasing by December 2025, replaced by VoIP over FTTC or FTTP. We plan to add more details of this transition to the web site shortly.
Version 271 in early January 2021 updates CIX (business and residential), EE (residential), Shell Energy Retail (residential), Sky Talk (residential), SSE Energy Supply (residential), TalkTalk (residential) and Virgin Media (residential).
Version 270 in late November 2020 updates Hyperoptic (residential), Post Office (residential), PlusNet (business) andTalkTalk (residential).
BT Openreach started closing down the existing landline and ISDN Public Switched Telephone Network on 1st December 2020, by stopping selling new PSTN and ISDN lines and stopping line transfers in Salisbury, with existing services ceasing from 5th December 2022, two years away. All existing master line sockets will then cease to work, and telephones and extension wiring will instead need to plugged into a broadband router or VoIP line adaptor to receive telephone service over the internet. Eventually all properties will get internet using Fibre to the Premises, but this may take another 10 years, so some properties will initially still have Fibre to the Cabinet with copper line delivery. ADSL will cease, replaced by FTTP or FTTC. For those that only need telephone and not broadband, a 500Kb fibre service will be available.
BT Openreach will stop selling landline PSTN and ISDN at a further 117 exchanges from June 2021, with the remaining 5,000 odd exchanges stopping selling in batches until September 2023, and all services ceasing by December 2025. In practice, PSTN is already ceasing from some properties in which FTTP is installed, by removal of the copper telephone cable at the same time as a fibre cable is installed. For the last year, some broadband suppliers like Sky have no longer provide PSTN with new contracts but VoIP only. Some suppliers will provide FTTP broadband alone without any VoIP, but many such as BT automatically migrate your PSTN number to VoIP, even if you already have an alternate VoIP service. If you are switching broadband contracts and don't want interruption of your existing PSTN service, check with the new provider that it will not be replaced by VoIP.
VoIP service is much cheaper to supply than the old PSTN/ISDN, and technically is very similar to free services such as Skype and WhatsApp. Unfortunately this low cost is not currently reflected in lower line rental cost, which due to Ofcom is now invisibly included with your broadband cost. nor in reduced call costs. One well known VoIP provider has charged about £1/month for a number with inland calls at 1.5p/min for over 10 years, yet BT and Sky are charging 10 times that for their VoIP services.
WBC SOGEA (Single Order Generic Ethernet Access) is the wholesale name for FTTC/VDSL without a phone line for speeds up to 80Mb, then SOG.Fast for 160 and 330Mb speeds. If a supplier offers WBC SOGEA, it means no landline, only VoIP.
Our CodeLook tool will be updated soon to keep track of which exchanges are planned or full FTTP and when PSTN and ISDN is being withdrawn.
Version 269 in late October 2020 adds Sky Communications B2B (business) and updates Gradwell (business), John Lewis Broadband (residential), Lycatel (residential). PlusNet (residential) and Virgin Media (residential). Wizards has been removed for old tariffs.
Version 268 in late September 2020 updated BT (business), EE (residential), Shell Energy Retail (residential) and Vodafone (residential).
BT Business ISDN line rentals have increased about 6%, ISDN-30e channel now £28/month, ISDN-2e £61.60/month.
Version 267 in late August 2020 updated BT (business), Gradwell (business), OneBill Telecom (business), TalkTalk (business and residential), Telecoms World (business), Virgin Media (business and residential) and Vodafone (residential). Adept Telecom no longer publishes residential information on it's web site so the services have been removed. Telesave at Home, a brand of Magrathea Telecom is closing from February 2021 so has been removed.
BT has effectively withdrawn all it's various Business Plan call packages from 1st September 2020 by increasing the call prices to the same as the standard business tariff, so 56p for a one minute local call then 28p/min, plus VAT. Many international calls are now much cheaper than a local call. Apart from VoIP packages, the main remaining discount package is BT Essentials, and BT Customer Commitment whose prices have not changed in a long time so not sure it's available to new customers, still in the price list. Business Broadband and Superfast packages up a little, only 24 months contract now, Ultrafast down in price. ISDN line rentals are increasing on 1st October 2020.
Version 266 in late July 2020 adds seethelight (business and residential) and updates JT (Jersey) (residential), PlusNet (residential), Sky Talk (residential) and TalkTalk (residential).
BT Openreach is preparing to close down the existing analogue and ISDN Public Switched Telephone Network by 2025, replacing it by Voice over Internet Protocol delivered over fibre, mostly FTTP. Openreach will stop selling PSTN and ISDN in Salisbury from December 2020 and a further 117 exchanges from June 2021, with existing services withdrawn two years later. The remaining 5,000 odd exchanges will be added over the following two years. Our CodeLook tool will be updated this autumn to keep track of which exchanges are planned or full FTTP and when PSTN and ISDN is being withdrawn.
Version 265 in late June 2020 updated BT (residential), Cheapest Chat (residential), CIX (business and residential), EE (residential), John Lewis Broadband (residential), KC (residential), Post Office (residential) and Virgin Media (residential).
BT Openreach is preparing to close down the existing analogue and ISDN Public Switched Telephone Network by 2025, replacing it by Voice over Internet Protocol delivered over fibre, mostly FTTP. Currently there are 2.7 million home passed that can use FTTP, Openreach plans to reach 4.5 million homes by March 2021 with a target to 20 million by 2025 to 2028. Meanwhile, Openreach plans to stop repairing faulty copper lines and instead expedite FTTP replacement, perhaps even for low speed and performance issues. Openreach also plans to start removing the existing copper drop wire at the same time as installing a fibre cable which will need a VoIP service to be available at the same time. Openreach plans to offer only FTTP from 118 exchanges from June 2021.
Having increased fibre slightly prices in March 2020, BT has now reduced substantially, Superfast Fibre Essential (36Mb) down £3.39 to £34.99/month including line rental, Superfast Fibre (50Mb) and Superfast Fibre 2 (67Mb) are now both the same price at £39.99/month which means £4.39 and £8.52 reductions respectively. £10/month extra for Complete Wi-Fi with up to three Wi-Fi disks for complete home coverage.
Version 264 in late May 2020 adds Shell Energy Retail (residential) and updates BT (residential), IDNet (business), PlusNet (business), PlusNet (residential), Post Office (residential) and Sky Talk (residential).