Applications that communicate over the traditional fixed network via voice modem are affected by the switch to IP. Swisscom plans to replace the traditional fixed network connections with IP-compatible telephone lines by the end of 2017. The old telephony infrastructure will be gradually decommissioned from 2018. Customers who have not yet switched to an IP product by then will be helped to do so by Swisscom. All modem applications that are affected need to be modernised in advance to ensure their reliable continued operation.
Applications such as alarm systems, franking machines, remote controls, remote monitoring, building services, industrial systems, electricity meters and many others that currently transmit signals with a modem over the traditional fixed network (analogue or ISDN). Many systems are not affected because they only use the mobile network to transmit information or they are already IP compatible.
Contact the installer or supplier of your system as early as possible. They will take the necessary steps to ensure the reliable operation of your modem-based systems. The majority of modem applications will still work using the ATA port on the router (analogue telephone adapter). Check operational issues with the manufacturer.
The system provider is responsible for the smooth running of the system when the end customer migrates to IP. Swisscom supports system providers that require detailed information on operating modems on the IP network.
If you are using a modem system that communicates via the fixed network, the IP compatibility of the system needs to be checked before all communication is switched to IP. All systems must switch to IP connections in the next year as Swisscom cannot guarantee the ongoing reliable operation of existing analogue modems over IP.
Dual solutions are the most reliable; they transmit information primarily via the fixed IP network but also over the mobile network. This is seen as the most reliable means of transmitting information. It is even more reliable than traditional transmission using the fixed network alone. This is type of transmission is particularly recommended for critical systems.
A connection with the 3G/4G network is the best option for most applications and is economical and reliable. Wireless communication also reduces installation costs.
A pure IP connection can be advantageous when it can be integrated easily into the LAN. The application can communicate more easily with other machines in the network or be monitored directly.
Existing modems can often operate reliably on the analogue interface of the router. This can be an expedient solution, particularly for non-critical transmission. The connection needs to be checked regularly.
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