dijous, 12 de novembre de 2009

La fí del telèfon fixe?


The slow death of landline phones

By Tom Geoghegan
BBC News Magazine

British government workers are getting a two-day taste of life without fixed line phones. But how easily would the rest of us surrender our landline?

You pick up the phone on your desk and there is no dialling tone. Your colleague does the same.

It's a scenario repeated across the country, in a catastrophic nationwide communications failure caused by a natural disaster or cyber attack.

And this week it is happening. At least, it is for civil servants.

An exercise called White Noise, in which the "public switched telephone network" is disabled, is being simulated by Whitehall, in London, to test the response of government and the communications industry to such an emergency.