This story suffers from bad reporting.  What's actually going away is the
legacy SS7/TDM signaling, known in the UK as C7, presumably in favor of SIP.

The physical networks in the UK are a mix of fiber and copper, with a lot
of FTTN with copper loops which is migrating at some rate to FTTP with fiber
the whole way.

PS: We can have a metaphysical discussion about what counts as a landline
phone.  I have fiber running into the house, which connects to a
telco-provided battery-backed modem, which is connected to the copper wire
in my house into which I plug a genuine American Bell Mickey Mouse phone.
Is that a landline?  Sure seems like it when the phone rings, and I mean

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