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Post Office Telecommunications


Post Office Telecommunications

The Post Office Tower, 1966 (shortly after construction).

Post Office Telecommunications was set up as a separate department of the UK STD and international dialling were extended. By the early 70s, subscribers in most cities could dial direct to Western Europe, the US, and Canada; by the end of the decade, most of the world could be dialled direct. The System X digital switching platform was developed, and the first digital exchanges began to be installed. The Post Office also procured their own fleet of vans, based on the Commer FC model. However, progress came at a price. Investment was stifled by public spending limits, and long waiting lists for telephone lines developed, sometimes for years.

In 1979 the Conservatives decided that telecommunications should be fully separated from the Post Office. By 1981, the British Telecommunications Act was passed, and the service became [[British

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