So what is the difference between new and old communication technology?
One of the ways to distinguish the difference between new and old communication technology is when the product is obsolete or no longer used for its original purpose by the majority of the population.
The word “old” is also relative to age, meaning the technological developments that originated hundreds of years ago are considered old in comparison to a present day technological advances.
Adaptation and development is what causes such products to become “old”. For example, the telephone, in which some forms are completely out-dated. This includes the ever increasing disappearance of the fixed telephone, which is slowly being replaced by mobiles and the internet, still yet to reach their full potential.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 2008 “in other areas of Australia, use of prepaid mobiles and landlines was similar (70% and 69% respectively)” (ABS 2008) but in a more recent study in 2010 just two years later saw “the use of fixed or landline telephones is in decline while Internet Protocol (IP) phone calls are increasing” (ABS 2010).
It is often that the new communication technology is a direct replacement or modification of an “old” form of communication technology. New generations are beginning to abandon the more traditional forms of communication technology in favour of more contemporary and modern methods. Reasons behind this type of change include convenience, convergence and competitive advantage.