‘Stop sell’ is the term used by BT Openreach, referring to them stopping the sale of certain products and services. It differs from withdrawal, as customers who already have the product will be able to continue using it – for now at least.
That said, it’s a sure-fire sign that withdrawal is coming, making it the ideal warning sign for organizations to start looking for an alternative.
With full-fibre to the premises (FTTP) planned for over 25 million sites planned by 2026, BT Openreach is starting the gradual stop sell of many legacy technologies, including:
Wholesale Line Rental (WLR)
The stop sell for WLR products and broadband based on WLR is set for September 2023. Full withdrawal is planned just over two years later in December 2025.
FTTP Priority Exchange
This refers to Openreach’s gradual exchange of copper-based services for FTTP. In short, once FTTP is available at 75% of premises in an exchange area, stop sell will be triggered for all services using legacy copper wiring.
Local Exchange Closures
Finally, Openreach is planning the full closure of all local exchanges by the early 2030s. That will start with a pilot of 5 local exchange closures in 2024, continuing with 100 in 2029/30, and finishing with the remaining 4,000 or so in the years that follow.
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