News Flash – the work place telephone landline is set to be obsolete according to a group of influential UK businessmen. In a survey by Vanson Bourne for Virgin Media Business, 500 UK Chief Information Officers were questioned on the future of technology in the workplace.
Virgin Media Business, an Internet Service Provider, found that 65 percent of those surveyed believed fixed lines would become a thing of the past within five years, and that the humble PC would soon follow.
However, many remained unconvinced about the viability of the tablet in the workplace, although the advancement of the smartphone would continue.
CIOs are increasingly placing more importance on the smartphone, which only 13 percent thought would be abandoned in the coming years. This contrasts with the 62 percent who believe that PC’s will become redundant and the 24 percent who see tablets as nothing more than a fad that will fall out of fashion.
Tony Grace, the chief operating officer of Virgin Media Business, is quoted on http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240162166/Smartphones-to-replace-landlines-within-five-years as saying, “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. Mobile connections to the internet are getting better by the day, and almost everywhere we go we’re able to check-in at the office, social networking sites, or simply contact friends and family.
“Because of this, businesses have recognized the importance of the mini-computers that smartphones have essentially become. This is leading us to rely increasingly on our smartphones and less on our landlines.”
According to a futurologist, landlines will be replaced by wireless technology as soon as optical fiber is put in all office spaces and that as the technology develops, people will rely more on Skype-style conferencing systems to communicate.
Speaking to the UK’s Daily Telegraph about the research, Peter Cochrane said, “The public switch telephone network will be closed down, it’s about as relevant as morse code. 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 fiber available to offices and homes in sufficient density”
However he also agreed that personal computers will disappear, calling them a “dying species” being replaced by the laptop or tablet. What are your thoughts on this – does your company use PC’s or laptops and what works best for you? Landlines or Skype for discussions?