Large scale telegraph systems will end next month, as India terminates its state-run telegraph system. The actual use of the telegraph as a technology has been minimal for decades, replaced by more efficient telecommunications technologies, but the provision of "telegraph service" lingered for cultural/legal reasons; but at a large cost. As nations privatized telecommunication providers, cost began to trump tradition. Telegraph service ended in 2006 in the US, and only lasted 2 years after British Telecom was privatized in 1980.
Source - Telegram system ends. Stop. Replaced by text messages. Stop., the Telegraph