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In 1978 France Télécom, the country's PTT, began designing the Minitel network.
By distributing terminals that could access a nationwide electronic directory of telephone and address information, it hoped to increase use of the country's 23 million phone lines, and reduce the costs of printing printed phone books and employing directory assistance personnel.
in By early 1986 1.4 million terminals were connected to Minitel, with plans to distribute another million by the end of the year.
To reduce opposition from newspapers worried about competition from an electronic network, they were allowed to establish the first consumer services on Minitel.