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February 6, 2023

PwC Cutting the Cord on Landlines in All U.K. Offices

It looks like PwC staffers are going all mobile, all the time in the United Kingdom.

The Telegraph reports:

Accountancy company PwC is doing away with landlines at office desks, expecting its 18,000 staff to use the “more efficient” mobile phones by the end of the summer.

A spokesman for PwC said: “We already equip all of our people with a mobile phone, and many had already moved away from using their landlines.

“With landline usage falling rapidly, we believe that a more mobile-focused policy is a more efficient way of working.”

There will still be some landlines laying around, mostly used for security purposes, client meetings, and at reception desks, according to the BBC. But meeting rooms will use new conferencing technology that can connect to mobiles.

In 2010, U.K. businesses had more than 10 million landline numbers, but that total dropped by 35% by the end of last year, according to U.K. communications regulator Ofcom, The Telegraph noted.

[The Telegraph] [BBC]

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