OTE officially went into operation on 10 November 1949!
The next day, 11 November 1949, the Athens daily Empros wrote:
“Yesterday, at 12 noon, the Telecommunication Organization was officially inaugurated, with King Paul in attendance.”
A new era in telecommunications had just begun in our country.
Telephony would reach the major urban centers and, gradually, every village!
Before the founding of OTE, telephones were a luxury item reserved for the upper classes and large enterprises. Ten years later, in 1959, telephones were no longer seen as a privilege of the few – now belonging to the many, with 102,601 subscribers in Attica.
In 1959, Manolis Chiotis could pen the song “Phone me so we can talk a little...”