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1889: From telephony... to digital

In 1889 the French state acquired the structuring of the private telephone networks, via a “contribution” from Caisse des Dépôts to the Treasury. At the end of 1930, the loans from the public body to local authorities allowed for the creation of a real national telephone network.

Nearly a century later, Caisse des Dépôts is investing in infrastructure to contribute to reducing the digital divide and accelerating the deployment of fast and superfast broadband throughout France.

In the context of the ADELE plan (electronic administration) implemented from 2004, Caisse des Dépôts is developing electronic administration services and therefore participating in modernising the civil service. An effort continued by the creation of two specialised subsidiaries, CDC Arkhinéo and CDC Fast.

In 2000, Caisse des Dépôts was entrusted with the creation of the cyberbase programme, the aim of which was to deploy digital public spaces over the entire French territory to encourage the development of Internet use and new information technology. Since 2003, it has been investing in the spread of Digital Work Spaces (ENT) which offer digital services to educational institutions (schools, secondary schools and universities) and is positioning itself on the telecentre offer.

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