BT Bids Switched Telephones Good-Bye

nick G nick at
Sat Jun 12 09:33:09 EDT 2004

As Evan Doorbel once said, one day, we'd entirely be in the digital age.
It's happened, but now much more.  Get your telephone recordgings in Britain
while you can...hahahaha.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Toby Fisher" <toby at>
To: "Speakup is a screen review system for Linux." <speakup at>
Sent: Saturday, June 12, 2004 8:44 AM
Subject: Re: BT Bids Switched Telephones Good-Bye

On Fri, 11 Jun 2004, Janina Sajka wrote:

> >From NewsScan Daily
> 11 June 2004
>      U.K. giant British Telecom will gradually shut down its traditional
> circuit-switched network and migrate over to technologies that route phone
> calls over the Internet. The change "will deliver our vision of a
> converged, multimedia world where our customers can access any
> communications service from any device, anywhere -- at broadband speed,"
> says BT Wholesale CEO Paul Reynolds. The new system will enable each
> subscriber to have a single phone number for both mobile and fixed-line
> services, and will make possible such add-on features as family conference
> calls, video streaming and voice-activated phones. BT estimates that by
> 2008-09 fiscal year, the new network could save it about £1 billion
> annually. (AP 10 June 2004)

That's interesting.

During the mid-90s, one of our lecturers said (and remember this was
before broadband), rthat BT could save themselves a huge amount of money
by scrapping the pstn (analog phone network) and give, yes give,
*everybody* an isdn line.  This is due to the high cost of pstn
maintenance, fraying and aged cabling etc etc.


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