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July 31, 1988

TELEPOINT – A VERY IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENT IN SPEECH COMMUNICATIONS

By CBR Staff Writer

Telepoint is the name chosen by the UK Department of Trade & Industry for what promises to be the most important development in speech communications since the introduction of the telephone itself – the cordless go – anywhere – within – reach – of – a phonepoint pocket telephone: the government has decided to licence two, and as many as four, operators of the Telepoint system but the list of interested companies lengthens by the day; Ferranti Libera must surely have its nose in front for one of the licences, and there are very good competitive reasons why the terrestrial telecommunications carriers, British Telecom and Mercury Communications shouldn’t get licences; the Financial Times printed a list of contenders that seems to include the same companies three times over, but the leaders would seem to be the soon-to-be-formed Racal Telecommunications Group Plc, GEC Plessey Telecommunications, perhaps GEC and Plessey on their own, Philips, Autophon and Multitone; STC is mentioned, but our understanding was that the company was working on mobile telephones and equipment only on behalf of British Telecom.

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