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Board to tiers

Despite the apparent lunacy of putting voice into packets, it remains the only practical solution to building the future telephone networks. By Philip Ling.

We all like a challenge, at the same time it can provide the impelling force and impeding factor surrounding the greatest breakthroughs. The much maligned telecommunication sector has faced its fair share of challenges lately, but the telephone has for so long been a pivotal part of business and social life that its survival is guaranteed, even for the land line.

Interestingly, the term 'land line' has rapidly become part of everyday language thanks to the wireless alternative. Equally, the same can be said of 'cell', although the latter arguably faces greater challenges, especially in the business arena. It is also going through an exciting evolutionary stage, in form, fit and function, while the land line, meanwhile, holds its ground.

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Graham Pitcher

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