Tel Aviv (Jan. 21)
— Israel’s first electronic telephone exchange will be brought into operation next week but subscribers in Kfar Saba near Tel Aviv who have been waiting years for installation of a phone have been told they may prefer to wait another year as the new exchange may develop trouble during its first months of operation.
A second and larger exchange will start operation at the end of next year, and by 1985 no more conventional mechanical exchanges will be installed. The new exchanges, similar to those introduced in the U.S. three years ago, are a local adaptation of a basic model purchased in Canada.
The electronic exchanges not only provide customers with a detailed bill of interurban and international direct-dialled calls as well as local calls, they also enable the caller to electronically direct his phone where calls may be re-routed to follow him on his daily rounds.