30-year-old network being phased out over 5 years.
Spark’s 30-year-old Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) is being phased out over the next 5 years, with a new next-gen system taking its place. This new IP-based network is called the Converged Communications Network (CCN).
Spark says this new network will enable a greater range of services. This includes landline, mobile, video and data-based communications. There are also plans to fit cabinets with batteries capable of supplying emergency power (for roughly 4-5 hours).
But what does this mean for consumers currently on the copper network? Very little. You may have heard that all landlines are being unplugged, but that’s not the case. Nobody who wants or needs a landline will be without one. Most users shouldn’t even notice the change as their existing devices, like alarms, should continue to work normally.