The Essex areas where old landlines will be switched off

A landline telephone
A landline telephone -Credit:BrianAJackson

Five areas in Essex will see old landlines being switched off in a bid to move to the latest broadband technology. Ageing copper wires that have kept homes connected for decades are slowly being made redundant with new fibre cables being switched on instead.

Along with improving broadband speeds, the move to Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) technology also means a change to the way we all make phone calls. Instead of using old analogue wires to ring friends and family, homes will move over to something called VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol).

This service should improve call quality along with adding new features such as Multi Call and call diversion to any other phone number including mobile phones. This move to new cables is slowly rolling out across the UK and we now know the next areas that will soon only offer FTTP technology to homes in the future.

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BT's Openreach - which supplies broadband infrastructure across the UK - has confirmed that 84 new locations will be switched to FTTP in the next 12 months. Once in place, Openreach will then halt the sale of legacy analogue products in more than 880,000 premises across the UK. This will affect suppliers including BT, Sky, TalkTalk, Vodafone and Plusnet who all use Openreach cables to supply homes with the web, The Mirror reports.

"Openreach has today announced a further 84 new exchange locations where the business plans to halt the sale of traditional copper based phone and broadband services to encourage people to upgrade to new digital services over an ultrafast Full Fibre connection," Openreach confirmed.

Chelmsford, Rayleigh, Southend, Barking and Dagenham and Havering are all next in the pipeline to see landlines being switched off.

Here's the full list of areas where copper cables are being switched off

  • Aberdeen Portlethen

  • Aberdeen

  • Addingham

  • Alderminster

  • Appleton Roebuck

  • Ashington (Northumberland)

  • Greater Manchester - Wigan

  • Sheffield

  • Barking and Dagenham

  • Doncaster

  • Bishop Auckland

  • Bridgend

  • Burnham-on-Sea

  • Glasgow

  • Buxton (High Peak)

  • Carlisle

  • Gillingham (Kent)

  • Chesterfield

  • Trefor

  • Coalville

  • Heage

  • Rippingale

  • Saintfield

  • Rugby

  • Greater Manchester - Manchester

  • Leicester

  • Exeter

  • Flamborough

  • Ispwich

  • Grimsby

  • Rayleigh

  • Cannock

  • Houghton-le-Spring Huddersfield

  • Ilkeston

  • Ilkley

  • Kidsgrove

  • Luton

  • Leven

  • Haywards Heath

  • Llanbrynmair

  • Cardiff

  • Wakefield

  • Mareham le Fen

  • Chatham

  • Moore

  • Greater Manchester - Tameside

  • Motherwell

  • Greater London - Southwark

  • New Mills • South Cave

  • North Kelsey

  • Greater Manchester - Oldham

  • Penistone • Pontardawe • Raunds • Rearsby

  • Craigavon

  • Ross-on-Wye

  • Rotherfield

  • Chelmsford

  • Rugby

  • Scotter

  • Scunthorpe

  • Sherburn (County Durham)

  • Skegness

  • Solihull

  • Blackpool

  • Southend-on-Sea

  • Stotfold

  • Stratford-upon-Avon

  • Antrim

  • Leicester

  • Torquay

  • Tregynon

  • Ellington (Northumberland)

  • Bradford

  • Havering

  • Waltham on the Wolds

  • Rotherham

  • Brighton and Hove

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