2Technology, Business and Policy

Historical Note: Telegraphy

Portrait of Claude Chappe.

Early telecommunications were made through letters and messages sent by couriers. Very few telecommunications technology advances are recorded until the late 18th century and the development of the visual telegraph by Claude Chappe in 1794 in France. Chappe’s telegraph was a relatively complex system and was based on mechanical and optical technologies, resulting in much faster rates of message transmissions compared with traditional means. Development of telescopes in the 17th century extended human ...

Get Broadband Telecommunications Technologies and Management now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from nearly 200 publishers.