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After 171 years Belgium ends telegram service

Staff Writer | December 17, 2017
The service for the sending and receiving of telegrams in Belgium will be calling it a day on December 29.
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Communications   New age, new habits
What used to be method of choice for sending important news quickly has become all but obsolete. These days those with news they urgently want correspondents to know about use e-mail, texting or instant messaging. Only a very few people still send telegrams.

According to the telecommunications company Proximus just a few people still use its telegram service.

The first optical telegraph was introduced in 1803, while the first electrical telegraph dates back to 1846 and ran along the rail line between Brussels and Mechelen (Antwerp province).

The telegrams fell under the remit of the Telegraphy Management Board. From 1930 this became the Board for Telegraphy and Telephones (RTT).

The now part-privatised telecoms operator became Belgacom in 1992 and change its name to Proximus, a name already used by its mobile telephone department, in 2015.

Ten companies and a handful of particular person clients have stored the Belgian system going till now. The client can name up a phone operator to spell out their message, which is then despatched by submit.

A “flash” telegram costing €23.75 (£21) for a primary 20 phrases, plus €zero.90 for supply in and round Brussels.