Facsimile traffic has diminished significantly as a consequence of the preference for communication by e-mail. 

Fax machines have become smaller, and more personal, and combined with telephone and answer machines are available at very low cost.


Fax communication still has its place:

1. Communication with less developed parts of the world where Internet access is limited
2. As a backup when Broadband services are down
3. For the addition of signatures/personal & written comments to a document
4. To force a printed document in situations where the email contact gets lost and forgotten in a busy inbox

Many unsolicited Fax mail shots are received by fax, and increasingly Fax traffic is incorporated into the “Multi function machine”.  Electronic fax can be sent from a desktop, and incoming faxes received and converted into pdf for integration into the electronic data system used by the organisation.