BT to Scrap Traditional Phone Network
British Telecom PLC announces plans to move to IP telephony for most of its 28 million customers by 2008LONDON (AP) _ British Telecommunications PLC plans to gradually shut down its traditional "circuit-switched" telephone network in favor of technologies that route calls over the Internet at a lower cost, with more features. The new system _ to cost an estimated 10 billion pounds ($18.2 billion) _ is expected to be operational for most of BTs 28 million customers by 2008, the company said Wednesday. The change will involve electronic and computer-system changes, not construction work such as digging up roads or pulling down phone lines, BT said.
The new program "will deliver our vision of a converged, multimedia world where our customers can access any communications service from any device, anywhere _ at broadband speed," Paul Reynolds, chief executive of BT Wholesale, told reporters.