All Telekom Deutschland analog telephone connections by will be switched over to digital IP technology by 2018.
The first priority will be to recommend that the customer switch over to their All-IP tariffs and the associated DSL technology. The analog PSTN connection (Public Switched Telephone Network) will continue to be offered.
Thanks to special POTS cards, a switchover to IP communication is made in the telephone exchange. However, the existing analog transmission technology to the end device is retained in this case.
The German telecommunications provider Telekom Deutschland calls this automatic process ‘migration to IP-based technology’. The new connections carry the designation ‘MSAN POTS’, an abbreviation for ‘Multi Service Access Node Plain Old Telephone Service’. They fall into the category of special services within the Telekom network.
Customers who operated services such as home and elevator alarms, alarm systems, remote meter reading and remote maintenance applications via their analog connection in the past can continue to do so in the future. It must be noted that the hardware for connection to the corresponding All-IP, or MSAN-POTS connection must satisfy the requirements for the changed IP communication.
The Phoenix Contact devices have successfully shown that they do so in the Telekom laboratory.