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ERIC Number: ED411850
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 6
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The Generation Gap: Minitel in the Face of the Internet.
Gilbert, Philippe
Starting in the 1980s the online world has seen two models: the French model, Minitel, and the American model, Internet. At the end of 1995 the Minitel network was the biggest and oldest online service with 7 million users and 20,000 service providers; one year later, the Internet arrived. Tomorrow's online model will need to be: as familiar to the general public as telephones or television; as natural as a public utility invoice; as easy to use as PC applications; transparent when connecting to the service; and as complete as a newspaper. Market trends see the development of new generation networks using the standard technologies but providing enhanced functions, open to everyone but giving extra services to registered users, and giving the information provider the possibility to run both public and private services on the same platform. After a discussion on users' technical requirements, this paper examines the future potential of the French online market. (AEF)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: France