By 2025, analogue telephone services will be switched off as the UK’s telecoms infrastructure is upgraded to digital connectivity. This shift has major implications for the technology enabled care (TEC) sector and the 1.7 million people who rely on telecare in the UK.
This campaign and associated White Paper calls on the TEC sector to get ready for the shift, upgrade their systems and recognise the opportunity digital connectivity represents to devise new service and product offerings. Simply replicating the analogue service in the digital world will miss that opportunity.
The urgency is such that the transition is starting to affect functionality and connectivity today with particular risk from 2023 when BT will no longer sell analogue devices. Therefore, action and careful planning needs to start immediately so that telecare and social alarm service reliability and safety is not compromised: that lives are not put at risk.
This campaign calls on government, regulators and telecoms organisations to work with the TEC sector to agree and mobilise a plan to manage the transition and realise the full potential of digital technology.
TSA wants to ensure the transition is handled well, that vulnerable people are not put at risk and the potential of a digital future for health and care is realised.
The TSA's technology expert, Steve Sadler, joined by TSA Associate Tim Mulrey talk about the latest developments on the shift to digital phone networks.
Our technology strategist Steve Sadler give an update on progress from Ofcom on the state of play in terms of the digital network switch.
We interview the TSA tech guru Steve Sadler to see what he thinks of the switch to digital phone networks that is schedule to take place by 2015.