The wireless phone is set to become the primary telephony device by the end of the next decade, according to a recently released study exploring the impact of new technologies on ILECs’ facilities. The Impact of Competition and Technology on Local Exchange Outside Plant Assets, prepared by Technology Futures Inc, projects that the number of wireless phone users will surpass wireline voice by the end of this decade. It also indicates that wireless could account for as much as 90 per cent of voice access by 2020. While the study spells out the huge potential for wireless in the next two decades, TFI predicts that a majority of households will continue to maintain a wireline connection. It says wireline options will serve as the primary means of getting high-speed Internet access. The study does, however, reserve a certain part of the high-speed Internet market for wireless and satellite technologies, but indicates that the impact on ILECs will be minimal, given the small population segment that those technologies will serve.