End Of An Era. The Last Ever Telegram.
On July 14, a historic day in the world of communications will happen. Someone somewhere in India will send out the world’s last telegram. India’s state-owned telecom company, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, has been holding out as other countries around the world retire their antiquated telegraph services. Now, after delaying the move for two years, the business operating what is considered to be the world’s last telegraph service is finally ready to pull the plug, saying telegrams are no longer commercially viable in the age of digital communications.
India’s telegram service had been upgraded in recent years — clerks now type up messages on computers to be sent via telegraph, instead of using Morse code. But it still didn’t work. “We were incurring losses of over $23 million a year because [text messaging] and smartphones have rendered this service redundant,” Shamim Akhtar, general manager of BSNL’s telegraph services, tells
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