Luca Thanei
Historian and Research Associate at the PTT Archive

3. December 2019

Women in history | Technology | 20th / 21st century | Article | Featured

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Please connect me! Automating our telephone exchanges

On 3 December 1959, PTT replaced Switzerland’s last manual telephone exchange with a fully automated switching system. This major feat of engineering also signalled the end of the switchboard girl, or ‘Fräulein vom Amt’, as the telephone operators were known.

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