Farewell landlines as they give way to digital future

Black and white photo of women telephone operators in Montreal with desks disappearing into far background
New transformation for telephone exchanges from the old switched and wired system as they go digital and household landlines vanish

Breton towns to test internet replacement for the old telephone exchange - but rural areas may face problems

Starting next month, phone users in 14 Finistère towns will start tests on the system of the future – with no exchange, no landlines and, instead, new internet DSL links for each household and business.

Their phones will not be switched off, but they are taking the first steps in a countrywide move from the Public Switched Telephone Network (réseau téléphonique commuté) of old – most of it 40 years old – to an all-IP digital network.

Orange, which runs the old France Télécom landline network, is modernising it to replace exchange equipment and fit digital boxes in ...

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