VoIP to take over from landlines in five years

VoIP to take over from landlines in five years

Landlines could become a thing of the past in workspaces within the next five years, according to the results of a study by Virgin Media Business.

The technology, which served businesses so well in the past, is set to be replaced by smartphones and VoIP.

Sixty-five per cent of chief information officers (CIOs) said that the desk telephone is likely to become redundant as the dominance of smartphones grows.

Tony Grace, the chief operating officer 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."

The outlook was also similarly bleak for the humble desktop PC, as 62 per cent of respondents said it is the next piece of office equipment to disappear.

One device that still has a long way to go to persuade organisations of its usefulness is the tablet, as 24 per cent of CIOs expect the technology to fall out of fashion.