Parliamentary authorities made the decision to switch to a “voice over internet protocol (VOIP)” system after being told by officials that the Palace of Westminster’s copper wire network was “at the end of its supported life”.
MPs and peers had been planning to make a decision about whether to move Parliament onto the internet-based system as part of preparations for a major refurbishment project.
The new system, which is due to be rolled out by March 2019 and would see handsets connected to computers rather directly to a telephone network.
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