Since january 1st 1998, the world of telecommunications in France has been turned upside down ; all the different services have been opened out to competition and after a century of state monopoly, numerous private companies share the telecommunications market once more...

Once more indeed, because when the telephone service first started, it was in fact run by private companies !

So here his the story, the result of 15 years of personal research, of the Société Générale des Téléphones, the first great private limited company to operate the telephone in France.