Spark has announced that it is shutting down its legacy PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network), which will be replaced with an IP-based network. It has big implications for a number of users, and of course, many Cogent customers who use Spark as their carrier for calls.

The move isn’t surprising – the PSTN network is now getting long in the tooth, and Spark would need to spend substantial amounts of money to maintain it. This is because the spare parts and technical skills required to keep PSTN running are becoming scarce. It makes much more sense financially and technologically to upgrade to IP technology – and thankfully the change-over will happen over the next five years.

It’s the replacement that’s the concern now. Spark describe it as their “Converged Communications Network” – there are few details about what this actually means, and Cogent will keep you up to date as Spark pass on the details. For our customers it has potential ramifications if you’re using legacy:

  • PABX (phone) systems
  • Alarm systems
  • EFTPOS terminal

Luckily, in all of the above cases, Cogent can upgrade or replace your systems to be IP VoIP capable. Or better yet, combine your businesses high-speed internet, calling and phone system into one monthly bill.

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