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2025 could be a landmark year for the demise of what was historically one of our most effective forms of communication – the fax machine.
The fax was the go-to method of delivering documents during the peak of its popularity in the 20 years or so between the 1970s and 1990s, but its use dates back long before that.
The problem is that all analogue telephone lines will come to an abrupt end in 2025, and it is these analogue services that are used to send and receive data through a fax machine. It’s been a pretty simple process for a long time. All you have had to do is buy the machine, obtain a landline, set it up and away you go.
The shutdown of analogue – a switch-off of ISDN and PSDN means your Fax machine will no longer operate. It’s that simple and will require all systems using the outdated analogue technology to be transferred to a different way of operating.
It is the rise of digital technology that has ultimately sounded the death knell for the fax machine, but the fax has somehow still had a place; it’s just a question of adapting to a more up-to-date method of delivery.
There are estimated to be more than 40 million fax machines still in operation globally, with many millions more still being made and sold every year, making the fax still one of the most popular forms of communication, as evidenced by the near 20 billion documents that make their way through fax machines annually.
A move to online faxing means your fax messages are handled in a totally different way and prevent most, if not all, of these problems arising.
Many businesses still use – and rely upon – fax services but will have to adapt moving forward. The fax machine as we have known it will cease to exist, but ‘faxes’ are likely to continue – just in a different way – as an electronic service.
It’s not just the fax machine that will be affected by the changeover. Some Payment Terminals, EPOS systems, door entry and CCTV systems – even the emergency telephones in lifts!
If you haven’t already done an assessment of your business comms, then we strongly recommend you start investigating.
The fax has been around for a long time, and despite being considered to be a mid to late 20th Century administrative workhorse, its origins can be dated to 1843.
Here are some notable milestones:
Use of the fax has declined since then of course as great strides continue to be made in the world of technology, but the fax continues to be used – so could we really be at the end of the line for this one-time favourite mode of communication?
If you would like a free audit on the tech you currently use – or want to plan out your tech use in the future – do get in touch.