Minitel -- the resistible rise of French videotewx

Ewan Sutherland


Minitel chronology

1973 Invention of videotex in UK
1978 Report by Nora and Minc
1978 Approval of initial Minitel experiment
1979 Launch of Prestel service in United Kingdom
1981 Télétel Vélizy, Versailles, Val-de-Bièvre (T3V) experiment
1983 Telephone directory trial at St Brieuc
1987 Initial experiments with Numéris (ISDN)
1988 Creation of 36.05 numéro vert (free calls)
1989 Report of the Cour des Comptes
1993 Introduction of 50% tax on 'pornographic' services
1994 France Télécom joined General Magic consortium


[ Introduction | Invention | Marketing | French telecommunications | France Télécom | French videotex | Messagerie Conviviale | Unnatural market | Cour des Comptes | Quickening pace of technology and politics | Conclusion | Bibliography | Chronology | Web links ]
Copyright Ewan Sutherland, 1995.

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