Since mid-November, the possibility of connecting to fixed-line telephony has been lost in France, and for several years private and corporate subscribers will have to switch to Internet telephony.
After 139 years after the creation of the first telephone network in Paris, France began to abandon stationary phones. French operator of telephone communication Orange stops connecting new subscribers to the regular line from 15 November 2018 year and instead will offer a connection via a router, CNews reports with reference to the French media.
The process of transition of current fixed phones to the Internet line is estimated in several years, it is planned to complete it by 2023 year.
Since February, Orange has been experimenting with the transfer of home phone subscribers to an Internet connection. For half a year, subscribers from the French region of Brittany were offered only routers. Representatives of the operator said that the process of transition to Internet telephony is calm, there is no objection. At the same time, older citizens will be provided with simplified equipment.
According to the French edition of Le Parisien, since 2012, the use of wired fixed phones has been reduced by half. At the same time, in the country, up to now, about 70% of companies use all or part of traditional telephone lines to connect phones, faxes, alarms and other office equipment. Renewal of the telecommunications equipment park will require significant investments, and experts are concerned that the transition to the figure should be made in a short time.
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