|1960 first Pan European Direct Dialing
1954 In North America it is no longer necessary
to go through an operator to place long distance
phonecalls within North America.
The North American Numbering Plan is set up.
1960 a first Pan European and Mediterranian
Numbering plan was established to make it possible
to place phonecolls within Europe
and around the Mediterranian without operator .
The system was a precursor for today's World phone system.
Two digit country codes were attributed to 40 countries.
Codes started with +20 for Poland and ended with +69 for Russia.
later the French Minister of Postes and Telecommunications
the impact of an easy phone number
and he manages to get the double digit +33 country code for France.
|Country Codes under the first System
According to the Legend
the General de Gaulle
(president from 1944-1946 and again 1959 - 1969)
considered phonelines in private households
as something not necessary.
1955 France has only 2 million phonelines.
A new phone customer needs to wait 3 years to get connected.
Les Demoiselles du Téléphone (Operators) could be reached
by dialing 11 - they were manually connecting phonecalls.
Impossible to dial a number directly.
|1964 International Direct Dialing
In 1964 it becomes evident
that a global Numering sheeme is necessary
including all countries of the World
While the International Direct Dial system is set up.
PTT Minister Jacques Marette
uses his influence
so that France can keep
the easy to remember double digit country code +33
Only 4 countries manage to have a double digit country code
1969 first Moon Landing
In the US Telecommunications very advanced.