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1980s- 1990s

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1980

  • The first combined token-coin public telephone and launching of fax machines.

1986-1987

  • New services are launched including the Toll-Free Number, Tele-Conference and Closed Group of Users; activation of ITAPAC and CDN (Direct Number Connection) networks.

1989

In Venice, the first Italian digital telephone exchange comes into operation.

1990

  • The TACS 900 MHz Mobile Radio Service comes into operation. The first mobile phones come into use in Italy.

1991

  • Activation of the ISDN network for integrated digital data and voice transmission via telephone lines.

1994

  • Telecom Italia is set up, with the incorporation in SIP of Iritel, Telespazio, Italcable and Sirm
  • Completion of the Intelligent Network, which, with its “intelligent nodes”, provides advanced telephone services including toll-free calls, virtual private networks, premium tariff services, distributed charging, universal number, mass call handling and televote

1995

  • Telecom Italia Mobile is set up
  • The TIM Card, the first pre-paid and rechargeable phone card in the world, is launched, as is SMS (Short Message Service) for sending short text messages. Boom in mobile phones

1996 

  • Memotel, the centralised answering service, is activated throughout Italy

1999

  • Use of ADSL technology for fast Internet connections.