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PSTN Switch Off: Mobile Signal Now Critical For Compliance

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PSTN Switch Off: Mobile Signal Critical For Compliance

As the UK prepares for the PSTN switch off mobile signal coverage becomes increasingly important in the transition from analogue to digital communication systems. Building owners and managers must adapt to these changes and ensure that their properties maintain adequate mobile signal connectivity.

In this blog post, we’ll delve deeper into the specific rules and regulations surrounding emergency communications, the details of the PSTN shutdown, and how Amplifi-Qx, powered by Cel-Fi signal boosters, can help maintain compliance and guarantee uninterrupted connectivity in areas with poor or no signal.

Emergency Communication Regulations

In the UK, building owners and managers are required to comply with various regulations surrounding emergency communications. These regulations ensure that a reliable means of communication is available in specific areas, such as lifts and fire safety systems, for occupants to contact emergency services in case of a malfunction, accident, or fire.

Lift Regulations

The Lifts Regulations 1997, which implement the European Lifts Directive (2014/33/EU), require that all passenger lifts be equipped with a two-way communication system. 

This system must enable passengers to contact emergency services in case of a malfunction or an accident. With the upcoming PSTN switch off, mobile signal coverage becomes the primary mode of communication for such emergencies.

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Fire Safety Systems

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 mandates that fire safety systems, including fire alarm monitoring systems and emergency voice communication systems, must be functional and able to alert emergency services in the event of a fire. 

The decommissioning of the PSTN network makes it essential to ensure a reliable mobile signal for these critical systems to function effectively.

The PSTN Shutdown: What You Need to Know

The Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) is an ageing analogue network that has been in use for decades. The network is being phased out in favour of digital alternatives, such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and mobile networks, which offer faster and more reliable communication.

The PSTN shutdown is a gradual process, with Openreach, the UK’s largest telephone and broadband infrastructure provider, planning to stop selling new PSTN-based products by September 2023. 

The complete switch-off is expected to occur by December 2025. As the PSTN network is decommissioned, building owners and managers must ensure that their properties have adequate mobile signal coverage to comply with the aforementioned emergency communication regulations.

The Solution: Amplifi-Qx

To address the challenges arising from poor or non-existent mobile signal coverage during the PSTN switch off, Signal Solutions offers Amplifi-Qx, a state-of-the-art solution designed to enhance signal strength and ensure uninterrupted connectivity. 

Amplifi-Qx is powered exclusively by Cel-Fi signal boosters, which are currently the only legal signal boosters in the UK. These boosters comply with all UK regulations and are designed to work seamlessly with all UK mobile network providers.

Our professional team of engineers and technicians can evaluate your building’s existing mobile signal strength, pinpoint areas of weak or no signal, and recommend the most appropriate Amplifi-Qx solution for your specific situation. 

Our systems are tailored to accommodate various building types and sizes, from small offices to large residential complexes and commercial properties.

By installing an Amplifi-Qx system in your building, you’ll safeguard your property’s compliance with emergency communication regulations while also providing a seamless mobile communication experience for occupants and visitors. 

Our professional team is dedicated to helping you navigate this transition smoothly and ensuring that your building remains compliant and safe in a post-PSTN world.

Contact Signal Solutions today to learn more about our Amplifi-Qx solutions and how we can help you maintain compliance and guarantee the safety and satisfaction of your building’s occupants during this pivotal digital transformation.
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John Baker
John is a key part of the Signal Solutions Senior Team, having co-founded the company in 2020. With over 20 years spent working in telecoms, John brings a wealth of experience to the team.