Over the next few years there will be a widespread migration to Fibre-to-the-Home (or Fibre-to-the-Premises) broadband connections. At the same time the traditional phone network that is based on copper cabling will be phased out.
This means that end-users who want to continue with a home phone will either need new phones or an adaptor to enable connection of their existing phones.
Some end-users will be happy to dispense with a home phone altogether and rely on their mobile phone, but many will want to continue to use a fixed home phone with their existing landline number.
In this article we consider the options for having a home phone that can be used on Fibre-to-the-Home broadband services.
Fibre-to-the-Home broadband delivers ultra-fast speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps over an extremely reliable connection that does not depend on on decades-old copper cabling. This means that the traditional copper-based phone lines can be ceased.
A Fibre-to-the-Home broadband connection is terminated by Openreach (or other provider) on an Optical Network Termination (ONT) unit to which the end-user router is connected. The router would usually be supplied by the broadband service provider.
Although the current Openreach ONT incorporates telephone ports, these are not usually active and will disappear completely from the next generation of Openreach ONTs. This means that a home phone service has to be provided via the end-user router.
Broadband Phone Service
Broadband phone services are often referred to as VoIP service. VoIP is short for Voice over Internet Protocol.
Most broadband service providers offer a chargeable VoIP phone service, but the end-user is free to choose a VoIP phone service from a different provider.
Premitel offer a basic VoIP phone service for £3.00 per month (inc vat) which includes free calls to UK landline and mobile numbers. This is available on a 30 day free trial.
Using Existing Phones
Unless the end-user is in a new-build property then there is the distinct possibility that there are a number of existing phones plugged into extension sockets throughout the home. These extension sockets would be wired back to the phone line master socket.
If the end-user wants to keep their existing sockets and phones then it is necessary to disconnect the phone line from the master socket and connect the master socket to the router via a device called an Analogue Terminal Adaptor (ATA).
The phone port of the Grandstream ATA shown above (green socket) would plug into the master socket and the ethernet port of the ATA (blue socket in phone above) would plug into a spare port on the router.
Premitel offer the Grandstream ATA together with a kit containing the leads and adaptors that are necessary to connect the ATA to a master socket and to a router. The Premitel ATA and kit are available for £49.00 (inc vat) with free delivery.
The Grandstream ATA can be configured to connect to any VoIP phone service. If required, we can pre-configure the ATA for the Premitel VoIP phone service. The ATA can therefore be used immediately on our 30 day free trial.
Using New Phones
If the end-user wants completely new phones then there are a wide range of broadband phones from which to choose.
One of our best selling VoIP phones is the Yealink W53P digital cordless phones. The W53P has HD sound quality and can support up to 8 x handsets. It also has excellent range which can be boosted if necessary by installing repeaters.
The Yealink W53P is very flexible as its handsets are separate from its base. The base would connect to the router and the handset(s) can be located anywhere within the home.
Premitel can supply the Yealink W53P for £99.00 (inc vat) with free delivery.
The Yealink W53P can be connected to any VoIP phone service. If required, we can connect it immediately to the Premitel VoIP phone service on our 30 day free trial.
Get in touch with Premitel by clicking the Contact button to the left.
We would be delighted to discuss any queries that you have regarding fibre broadband and connecting telephones. We would also be delighted to discuss any other telecommunications or internet issues that you may have.