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Why Does the Copper Switch-Off Matter?

It matters because the days of copper broadband are numbered. Ireland’s telecoms regulator, Comreg, has approved the commencement of the copper switch off process. Separately, the European Commission wants all copper broadband to be switched off across the EU by no later than 2030.


Not only will copper broadband be phased out but a wide range of devices currently dependent on copper will need to be upgraded to be compatible with modern broadband.  These include many everyday home and business devices, such as landline phones, house and fire alarms, medical and security monitors, lifts, retail sales terminals or CCTV systems.