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International Telegraph Conference (Berlin, 1885)

10 August - 16 September 1885 - Berlin, Germany

The advent of telephony in 1875 and its subsequent rapid expansion prompted the second administrative conference held in 1885, to consider regulations for telephony. An article consisting of 5 general paragraphs devoted to the “international telephone service” was added to the Telegraph Regulations. A time-unit of 5 minutes was fixed as a unit of charge, and the total length of one conversation was limited to 10 minutes if there were other requests for the use of the telephone line.

Concerning telegraphy, a new tariff system was established which divided the world into two parts, the European regime and the Extra-European regime. Uniform terminal and transit rates were established for the European regime.
International Telegraph Conference (Berlin, 1885)
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International Service Regulations annexed to the International Telegraph Convention of St. Petersburg (Berlin, 1885)(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Convention télégraphique internationale de St-Pétersbourg et Règlement et tarifs y annexés (Berlin, 1885)(French)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Documents de la Conférence télégraphique internationale (Berlin, 1885)(French)download PDF PDF (acrobat)


Dr. de Stephan, Secretary of State for the Department of Posts (German Empire)

Countries participating


List of participants

Liste des participants de la Conférence télégraphique internationale (Berlin, 1885)(French)download PDF PDF (acrobat)

Library Catalogue

  • Link to the ITU Library Catalogue (Berlin, 1885)