Archived report. This report was archived in February 2005 and has not been updated. The good-old ‘Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS)’ is still growing from strength to strength. This century old service is starting its second life, only shortly after ‘experts’ had predicted its death in the wake of new broadband networks based on the cable TV networks. In the early 1990s, it was thought that new fibre optic and HFC networks would replace the old copper-based system in no time, but this was no to be. It was not interactive TV or video-on-demand that became the winner, but Internet and e-mail over the telephone network. Digital upgrades were sped up and ADSL will further enhance the functions of the POTS.