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Installers

Installer, high above a roadway in West Jasper Place.Historically, installers were charged with the task of putting phones in buildings and connecting them to the nearest cable, a process that involved running wires inside the building to the location of the telephone.

As the telephone became a standard fixture in homes and offices, however, newer buildings were constructed with telephone wiring in place. The installer’s job then changed, to one wherein he brought the rental telephone to a subscriber and connected it directly to those wires emerging from the wall.

Residential customers no longer need the services of an installer, as most homes are equipped with phone jacks.

Installer at work. Commercial buildings, on the other hand, still require many lines to accommodate different tenants. Before such buildings were constructed pre-wired, installers did the wiring themselves, ensuring the existence of conduits capable of carrying these lines.

Later, installers would run the lines/cable through existing conduit and connect the lines to a Private Branch Exchange (PBX) or a Private Automatic Branch Exchange (PABX).


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