Infographic: The Life and Death of the Analog TelephoneJune 17, 2014 by Craig Borowski
There’s a great deal of discussion in the world of telephony about the growing mobile phone market and the shrinking landline market. And it’s true that mobile and wireless is the direction in which the telephony sector is growing—there’s plenty of data to back that up.
There is, however, a second paradigm shift that’s been taking place in telephony. It’s been happening for decades now, but slowly and quietly enough that it has gone almost entirely unnoticed. It’s the shift from analog to digital telephony. This might seem like an inconsequential change, but the full story is actually quite interesting. It has its roots in the technology of the telegraph, and it’s a narrative that has touched upon a majority of the big technological changes of the 20th century.