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Comparison website Finder claims traditional landlines in Australia will become extinct by 2037, basing this on figures from the Australian Communications and Media Authority which has tracked the decrease in landlines from 2012-13 onwards.

According to these figures, 64% of Australians had a fixed-line telephone service at home in 2016-17, a statement from Finder said.

The website plotted a graph for the figures, using the same rate of decline as in previous years and by 2037 the percentage was -1%.

Finder's claim comes at a time when British Telecom has reiterated its move to get rid of its PSTN network in favour of VoIP systems by 2025, a decision which was initially announced in 2017.

The site's technology and telecommunications editor Alex Kidman said that even at the current rates of landline use decline, by 2035 only a number equal to the population of South Australia would be using fixed landlines.

Finder cited 2017 statistics it had collected from 2005 respondents showing that 29% of Australians had a landline that was regularly used and the majority of these were older.

Kidman tied the decrease in landlines to the increasing take-up of connections to the national broadband network.

Finder claimed many Australians had retained landlines to contact relatives overseas but said that this had now become cheaper through apps like Skype and WhatsApp.

Additionally, there are a number of SIMs on offer which make calling other countries very cheap.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the sitecame into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

 

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