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International Telegraph Conference (Berlin, 1885)
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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.
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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)

Chairman

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

Countries participating

32

List of participants

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

Further Reading

"Conférence télégraphique internationale de Berlin [partie I]." Journal télégraphique 9, no. 8 (1885): 145-152.(French)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
"Conférence télégraphique internationale de Berlin [partie II]." Journal télégraphique 9, no. 11 (1885): 257-261.(French)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
"Conférence télégraphique internationale de Berlin [partie III]." Journal télégraphique 9, no. 12 (1885): 277-280.(French)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
"Revue télégraphique de 1885." Journal télégraphique 10, no. 1 (1886): 1-5.(French)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
"Conférence télégraphique internationale de Berlin [partie IV]." Journal télégraphique 10, no.1 (1886): 6-12.(French)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
"Conférence télégraphique internationale de Berlin [partie V]." Journal télégraphique 10, no. 2 (1886): 25-27.(French)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
"Conférence de Berlin (1885)." Journal télégraphique 51, no. 10 (1927): 201-210.(French)download PDF PDF (acrobat)

Library Catalogue

Link to the ITU Library Catalogue (Berlin, 1885)(Multilingual) URL
YearConference NameAcronymConference TypePlace

1879

International Telegraph Conference (London, 1879)

Telegraph and Telephone ConferenceLondon

1885

International Telegraph Conference (Berlin, 1885)

Telegraph and Telephone ConferenceBerlin

1890

International Telegraph Conference (Paris, 1890)

Telegraph and Telephone ConferenceParis

1896

International Telegraph Conference (Budapest, 1896)

Telegraph and Telephone ConferenceBudapest

1903

International Telegraph Conference (London, 1903)

Telegraph and Telephone ConferenceLondon

1908

International Telegraph Conference (Lisbon, 1908)

Telegraph and Telephone ConferenceLisbon

1925

International Telegraph Conference (Paris, 1925)

Telegraph and Telephone ConferenceParis

1928

International Telegraph Conference (Brussels, 1928)

Telegraph and Telephone ConferenceBrussels

1938

International Telegraph and Telephone Conference (Cairo, 1938)

Telegraph and Telephone ConferenceCairo

1949

International Telegraph and Telephone Conference (Paris, 1949)

Telegraph and Telephone ConferenceParis

1958

Administrative Telegraph and Telephone Conference (Geneva, 1958)

Telegraph and Telephone ConferenceGeneva

1973

World Administrative Telegraph and Telephone Conference (Geneva, 1973)

WATTC-73Telegraph and Telephone ConferenceGeneva

1988

World Administrative Telegraph and Telephone Conference (Melbourne, 1988)

WATTC-88Telegraph and Telephone ConferenceMelbourne