We take a look back and discover the evolution of telephony. We’ll learn about the early days of telephony and the main historical points that saw it evolve. We also explore why the future is looking to VoIP solutions.
The Evolution of Telephony.
490 BC – The Marathan – Yes, it starts as far back as this!
Sparta introduces day runners to request help because the Persians landed at Marathon in Greece. Pheidippides ran approximately 25 miles to announce the defeat of the Persians.
1876 – The invention of the telephone
Alexander Graham Bell, credited as the inventor of the telephone. Did you know that Alexander’s father, Melville Bell developed Visible Speech. A written system used to teach speaking to the deaf. So perhaps being the “father of modern communication” was in his stars!
1888 – The automatic exchange
In 1981 Almon Strowger was an undertaker from Kansas. Almon was awarded the patent because of his invention the automatic exchange.
1981 -Privatisation of BT
So, coming closer to home! British Telecommunications is incorporated. BT launch an electronic mail service called Telecom Gold in 1982– a forerunner of email.
1981 – ISDN & Mobile Phones
Vodafone and Cellnet launched mobile services in the UK. In 1986 Mercury start to offer commercial land line services in the UK. 1991 Duopoly ends, free market opens up.
1992 – The internet arrives
Vinton Cerf and Bob Kahn develop Internet communication protocols. Later transformed by Tim Berners-Lee who implemented the first successful communication between a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) client and server via the Internet. Mr Berners-Lee is best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web. This paved the way for the alternative telephony solutions we know today.
1996 – 2006 – The Golden Age
Alternative telephony providers in the UK – Energis and WorldCom emerged. IP Telephony has now become mainstream. So unified communications solutions are gaining genuine traction and so are the emergence of alternative communication providers.
By 2025 – ISDN Switch Off
BT have announced that they are ending support for ISDN and PSTN networks from 2025. Why? Simply because it is becoming increasingly cheaper to offer IP services.
So, how can you move your business forward?
The switch off from traditional copper lines is coming by 2025. Now is a great time to start thinking about future proofing your business.
So, why are many small to medium sized businesses moving to VoIP? It’s because of three simple reasons:
- Easy to budget for
- Cost effective
For more information about VoIP and how Alpha can help you, contact us today.