Mobiles Replaced Land-line Phones

The Swedish Finnish telecommunications giant Telia-Sonera says it is continuing with its plans of phasing out power-line based telephones in Sweden with mobile services.

50,000 phone lines are to be replaced with mobile networks in the next five years - especially in more remote areas such as the Stockholm archipelago.

The move started after the winter storm Gudrun knocked over hundreds  of trees on power and telephone lines in southern Sweden a few years ago - leaving many without electricity and telephone service sometimes for weeks. This gave the company the choice of the more expensive method of burying the lines underground - or replacing the service with mobile transmission.