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BT is planning to offer broadband services without the need to take a traditional fixed telephone line.

According to the organisation, internet-based communications services such as FaceTime and Skype have become "increasingly popular" over the last ten years.

As a result, it believes all-internet protocol services will be the norm for the whole of the UK by 2025.

BT is therefore planning to trial a fibre broadband service that is not coupled with a traditional voice service.

According to the Financial Times, BT will limit its trials to a series of small-scale tests during 2016, before expanding their scope by opening them to the public next year.

A spokesman commented: "This would use the same underlying infrastructure from Openreach, so it would need similar levels of investment to build and maintain, but it would offer service providers a simpler option for their customers who only use their landline to connect to the internet."

The shift towards all-internet protocol services could potentially cut costs for customers further down the line, as they would not have to pay for home voice call services.

Broadband providers have already come under pressure recently to stop charging households for services that they do not use.

Speaking to the Telegraph, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey said households are having to pay rental charges for landline connections even if they do not actually make fixed line calls, adding that many "want to get rid of their landline entirely and pay for their broadband".

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