Bye bye PSTN

The Herald reports:

is doing away with the public telephone network and replacing it with a next-generation IP-based network, it was announced today.

The telco said the new network, to be progressively rolled out in the next five years, would bring together all voice communications: landline, mobile, video or data-based.

The Converged Communications Network (CCN), as it will be known, will require significantly less infrastructure than the old network, and Spark said today that it would be doing away with some 1300 tonnes of equipment.

This is pretty significant, even thought not surprising. The main phone network is moving to over the Internet.

I can recall when the Internet was something you accessed over the phone network – soon it will be vice-versa.

Who remembers the beeping of the old modems?

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