Postes, Télégraphes et Téléphones (France)

PTT (Postes, Télégraphes et Téléphones), divided since 1991 between France Télécom and La Poste,[1] also known as P&T and P et T, was the French administration of postal services and telecommunications, formed in 1921.[citation needed]

Postes, Télégraphes et Téléphones
Founded1879, Paris
SuccessorLa Poste. Orange,

The company rolled out Minitel, a Videotex online service accessible through telephone lines, experimentally between July 1980[2] in Saint-Malo, France, and from autumn 1980 in other areas, and introduced it commercially throughout France in 1982. Minitel was the world's most successful online service prior to the World Wide Web.[citation needed]

The name Postes, Télécommunication et Télédiffusion never received official recognition from the French state. It was above all used in French campaigns, in unofficial texts and in film credits. In effect, Télédiffusion, which grouped together television and radio channels, was always independent.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Schofield, Hugh (2012-06-27). "Minitel: The rise and fall of the France-wide web". BBC News Magazine (Paris). Retrieved 2019-06-30.
  2. ^ Puech, Michel (2010-06-29). "Le monde du Minitel se paye Le Monde" [The world of Minitel pays Le Monde (A wordplay: the newspaper 'Le Monde' translates as 'The World'.)]. Mediapart (in French). Retrieved 2019-06-30.