Sometime ago, Openreach announced that it intended to shut down its copper telephone line network and migrate all existing copper lines to fiber. Most new build residential properties are now connected by a fiber line, either from Openreach or other infrastructure service providers.
However, lift lines and alarm signalling lines have continued to be connected to the Openreach copper telephone network. But, this has now changed, as Openreach announced at the Forum that from 15th November 2021, Openreach will no longer be accepting new orders for copper lift lines and alarm signalling lines.
For landlords and property developers, this means that (on new developments and refurbishments) lift car intercoms will need to operate over the Openreach fiber network. Alarm signalling will also need to operate over the Openreach fiber network, or alternatively via the Landlord LAN data network or wirelessly over the 4G mobile network.