The end of the road for copper broadband

The news that Openreach is retiring its copper broadband network on 31st December 2025 should come as no surprise. The shiny promises that flow through everyone’s letterboxes around super-fast broadband and fibre optic cables have been around a while now.

Buffering, slow download and upload speeds and start/stop browsing will hopefully become something that is firmly relegated to history books in the not-too-distant future.

What does it mean for your business?

Well, it means that if your business is running on legacy copper these products include basic phone lines, ISDN2, ISDN30 and ADSL broadband and FTTC (Fibre to the cabinet) then you’ll need to be evaluating your options sooner rather than later.

Openreach plan to switch off copper once they have fully upgraded an area to Fibre. You can find a list of all areas that have already been transitioned here.

How will you know if you’ll be impacted?

If this video buffers, you might be impacted, but seriously, contact your current broadband provider and ask the question, they should be able to let you know if you will be impacted, and when.

So, what options are there?

Selecting the right connectivity will depend on a plethora of variables such as your business location or locations, the infrastructure that exists, and of course the budget you have available plus what your network needs to be able to support in terms of IOT, the number of connected devices and if you need a permanent or a temporary solution.

All the options offered by Onwave

At Onwave we offer a full spectrum of options. These options range from Fiber and 5G to Satellite and even our Netcase, a briefcase-sized box with a handle that is essentially Wi-Fi on the move.

We work with the whole of the supplier market in terms of connectivity – plus we have added services such as our geofencing technology tech OWL which is currently being used by Network Rail, Lower Thames Crossing and Alstom.

We also have a monthly internal technology meeting to look at new solutions to market – keeping us at the cutting edge of all the new tools, including software and hardware that’s available.

If you’re interested in finding out how our friendly, experienced team can help then please fill in the contact us form below.


Useful Links

Upgrading landlines to digital technology – what you need to know – Ofcom

Retiring the copper network | Openreach


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