The Big Telephone Switch-Off — is your school ready to go digital?

The UK’s telephone network is going digital…is your school ready for the change? 

As part of the continuing effort to replace old, unreliable copper telephone cables with newer fibre ones that provide faster and more reliable connection, the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) is scheduled to be fully decommissioned by December 2025 — with a gradual phase-out beginning in 2024. 

To avoid any interruptions to your service, it’s crucial to transition to VoIP technology as soon as possible. With fewer people now using the old copper network, it’s anticipated the associated costs will increase for those remaining. Switching to a VoIP solution such as 3CX is a cost-effective solution that will eliminate line rental costs and significantly lower call expenses. 

Switching your school to VoIP

With the gradual phase-out starting this year, schools are urged to be proactive and start reviewing their options. The first step is to find out when the PSTN is due to be decommissioned in your area

While this marks a significant overhaul in the communication technology of your school, working with a specialist provider such as Computeam — who exclusively supplies the education sector — ensures you are in safe hands.

Computeam have years of experience and a deep understanding of how your school’s communications network – and, importantly, budgets — need to work in the real world.

IT technician at Computeam

Advantages and Benefits

   Dedicated migration project manager

We take the pain of change away by assigning a skilled and experienced PM to manage the entire process for you

   Fully managed and supported service

 As part of Computeam Connect your school or MAT will benefit from full access to our award-winning support team.


Eliminates the need for physical equipment or its management on your premises.

   Full training

Online tutorials as well as bespoke training sessions for your team delivered via Microsoft Teams or Google Meet.

   Calls included

 A full range of bundled call packages included within the simple monthly charge.

   Included VoIP phones

 Computeam provides all handsets free of any upfront charge as part of the managed service.

   Complimentary mobile application

 Available for both Android and Apple devices via 3CX.

    Tannoy and emergency lockdown capabilities

The ability to broadcast to all handsets in every classroom in any event.

   Enhanced features

 Includes call management, voicemail, and integration with Teams, among others.

How can we help?

If you’d like to discuss your options with Computeam and obtain a detailed, no- obligation quote, please complete this simple form and one of our VoIP specialists will be in touch. We’re here to ensure that your transition to reliable digital communication technology is a smooth one!

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Posted on April 4th 2024

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