A recent study by Virgin Media Business shows that, within the next five years landline phones in offices will be replaced by smartphones. According to the study, 65% of CIOs (chief information officers) interviewed, said that the desk telephone is likely to become reduntant as the dominance of smartphones grows.
Tony Grace, CEO of Virgin Media Business 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.”
According to Peter Cochrane, a futurologist, landlines will be replaced by wireless technology, as soon as optical fibre is put in all office spaces. He said, “Optical fiber 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 sufficient density.” He further added that, as technology develops, people will rely more on Skype-style conferencing systems to communicate with each other.