The death of the traditional landline

by George Lovell | | 0 comments

Why have a landline when you have a mobile? Especially with modern Wi-Fi calling & messaging, which means that having poor signal in a rural area is no longer an issue.

There's a few things to consider:

> Companies like Sky and BT offer bundles which often just include a landline as part of the package.

> A landline would be useful in the event of a long power cut.

> Some people prefer using a landline for professional calls, and there's more people working from home now.

> Elderly people often prefer using them and/or don't have a mobile.

The public switched telephone network (PSTN), along with the first working telephone, was invented in 1876.

The UK will be switching from every remaining copper wire landline to an internet-connected landline by 2025. The transition is now underway.

Many homes and offices already use voice over internet protocol (VOIP) systems, but there's still 14 million old school landlines in use. About half of UK households still have a landline.

Interestingly, there's quite a few other systems that rely on PSTN:

> Burglar alarms and security systems

> Elevator and fire alarms

> Public traffic lights

> Cash machines

> Railway signals

> Motorway signs

These will also have to be upgraded to digital systems.

It reminds us of the switch to digital ads for TV back in 2012😅

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