Landline telephone technology has become outdated as its mobile alternatives offer a higher-quality and less expensive phone service, says Jari Collin, the CTO at Telia Finland. (Credit: Hans Paul – Lehtikuva)

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TELIA FINLAND on Tuesday announced it will discontinue its landline services by the end of this year.

“The number and use of landline subscriptions have decreased steadily year after year. Landline telephone technology is also outdated, making this the right time for putting a mark on the calendar for ending the service,” explained Jari Collin, the chief technology officer at Telia Finland.

The landline services will be discontinued gradually as of next summer.

Telia, one of the largest providers of telecommunications services in the country, says it will encourage its landline subscribers to shift to mobile subscriptions for a higher-quality and less expensive telephone service.

“There are modern alternatives for all landline services. The landline network also has customers using special services, and we will focus especially on providing solutions to them and senior subscribers,” told Collin.

Telia also revealed that only a few thousand of its approximately 30,000 landline subscribers are private customers. The number and length of landline calls on its network, it added, has decreased by 20–25 per cent per annum throughtout the 2010s.

Overall, landline calls account for no more than three per cent of all telephone traffic in Finland, according to the telecommunications service provider.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT

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