Change of the Guard

June 2019

Communications simply ain’t what they used to be.

For the first time ever, in 2018, Germans made more telephone calls on mobile phones than over landlines. That’s according to the Federal Network Agency, Germany’s regulatory office for electricity, gas, telecommunications, post and railway markets.

The authority registered 119 billion minutes of conversation on mobile phones compared with 107 billion minutes on landlines. That compared with more than 150 billion minutes for landlines in 2014.

Text messages are likewise in decline and are gradually being replaced, despite security issues, by messenger services like Whatsapp. In 2018, only 8.9 billion test messages were sent, down from around 60 billion in 2012.

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