Friday, July 22, 2011

The Minitel French, sentenced to death

Minitel, the French pioneer telematics service anticipated the popular use of the Internet's days are numbered. France Telecom, which launched in 1982, has decided to close down the service on June 30, 2012. This is the third such announcement since the company initially planned in 2010 and subsequently disconnect a decision postponed to 2011.

Now, the time seems short, Minitel's heyday dates back to 1990 when he was nine million users and 25,000 services. On Facebook there is a small group of a hundred members claiming its salvation. In 2010, 950,000 French Minitel consulting services and 810,000 still possessed the device. The simplicity of its management and the absence of viruses have been two factors that have always distinguished those who persist in using it.

Its decline has affected the revenues of the operator, who in 2007 entered 100 million euros for Minitel. In 2010, the number dropped to 200,000. The company has said that Minitel inevitably goes to an end as it is totally obsolete. There are currently about 1880 active services. The service x25, code used by technicians to identify the network that runs Minitel, is headed for a natural death, have ensured the attendant.

Minitel offered from games to consult timetables or traffic messaging. Many companies had already abandoned his job as Air France, SNCF and no data were available, for example, notes from high school.

No comments:

Post a Comment