TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: 2L-4N, 3L-4N, 2L-5N Numbering

2L-4N, 3L-4N, 2L-5N Numbering

earle robinson (
Sun, 13 Aug 2006 19:50:04 +0200

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France went to all numbers in the late 60s, or perhaps in the early
70s, a result of the rebuilding of what had been a very creaky old
system. To force people to use numbers instead of letters, all phones
from then on only had numbers, no letters and this for some 20
years. Phones now have letters and numbers, as before.

As was pointed out, they went to 8n with two digits 0x, to identify
the area called. Finally, the first two digits became mandatory and
represent the 4 areas, Paris area (01), then the north, south east and
south west. The first digit became a way of permitting competitors to
offer service directly to subscribers. Thus, if one were using tele2
to make calls, one would dial 4x-yyyy-yyyy instead of 0x-yyyy-yyyy.


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