Work landlines to disappear within five years
WORK landlines will be replaced by smartphones within five years, according to new research.
The once vital office landline will soon be a thing of the past, a survey of senior IT executives has found.
Sixty-five per cent of CIOs (chief information officers) said that the desk telephone is likely to become reduntant as the dominance of smartphones grows.
The next piece of office technology that is most likely to disappear is the PC, according to 62 per cent of those interviewed.
Smartphones are seen as the least likely devices to be abandoned. But tablet technology needs to do more to convince businesses, with nearly a quarter (24 per cent) of CIOs expecting the devices to fall out of fashion.
Tony Grace, the chief operating officer of Virgin Media Business, which compiled the research, said: “The pace of change with technology is having a transformative effect on the way we work. A decade ago it would have been unthinkable to suggest an office without telephones. Now it’s hard to imagine being separated from our smartphones.
Peter Cochrane, a futurologist, predicts that landlines will be replaced by wireless technology, as soon as optical fibre is put in all office spaces.
"The public switch telephone network will be closed down, it's about as relevant as morse code. Optical fibre will replace landlines and most devices will connect using wireless. But the landlines can't go until there is wireless connectivity to replace it. There won't be wireless connectivity to replace it until there is optical fibre available to offices and homes in sufficent density"
Mr Cochrane said that as technology develops, people will rely more on Skype-style conferencing systems to communicate.
He agreed that personal computers will disappear: "The PC is a dying species.You have got to look forward to all personal computers disappearing. You can expect to see tablets and iPads are starting to transcend the laptop".
Mr Cochrane said that said these advances need to happen as soon as possible so that the United Kingdom can compete with more technologically advanced nations.
"If it doesn't happen in the UK we will not be competing with the leading industries of the world, we will have become a second world nation; unable to communicate and unable to compete"
Lucy Kinder Telegraph.co.uk