1993 - communist-era phone. Photo by Brad Dolan. with thanks to www.2600.com An early paycard phone in an earlier booth. Originally the booth would have housed a pay phone using tokens available at the post office and kiosks.
This is the shape of phone which would have been originally fitted to the above kiosk, but this one has a later push-button type phone. This one still takes tokens, machines like this are becoming quite rare. A late 1990's telephone The latest type phone, which started appearing in Lublin around the beginning of 2001.
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25 000 payphones in Poland...
Ascom strengthens its position in the East
And play the innovation card

TPSA � Main telecommunication operator in Poland, part of the France Telecom group � has chosen Ascom for renewing as for now more than a quarter of its payphones and supervision systems. This contract, valued at over 15 million euros, is a new success for ASCOM Mutlimedia & Pay Systems, which continues to grow on its markets.

Ascom will supply TPSA with 25 000 eXANTO terminals of the latest generation and with a solution of supervision based on a centralised system. This new technology from Ascom will allow the operator to optimise its operation by switching progressively from magnetic stripe cards to prepaid chip cards.

4 potential suppliers bided for that international tender. 3 of them installed and operated their equipment during a one-month Field test in November 2002. Ascom finally succeeded, by offering upgreadable terminals and a more powerful supervision system (able to offer Value Added Services such as SMS and Email sending). The ability to face harshest local weather conditions (from -25� up to +30�) and their vandal-proof design have placed these eXANTO terminals in best position.

A renewal market

The renewal market for terminals and supervision systems holds at a reasonable level, especially in the Eastern countries where a significant effort for modernisation is taking place. Ascom has already installed almost 40 000 terminals in Hungary and in Czech Republic, but the most promising perspectives are in Poland: the network, with approximately 90 000 terminals could, within 3 to 5 years, be totally renewed.

Innovation: a booster of growth

Supported by constant investments either self-funded or financed on projects, the innovation strategy of ASCOM MPS division (Multimedia & Pay Systems) aims at improving its positions on this market of renewal of equipment and software. The ASCOM offer is clearly positioned in the upper range, in particular for the supervision systems, whose performance opens the way to new profitable perspectives with the development of Value Added Services. As for the terminals, new versions of the eXANTO will soon come to light. Theywill be characterised through multi-payment features (coin-and-card payphone), and the introduction of Internet services.

Present in over 70 countries world-wide, the MPS activity continues to develop on new markets.

Ascom in brief
Ascom is an international service provider for integrated voice and data communications, network-based security solutions and networked revenue collection systems for public and private transport operators. The Network Integration, Security Solutions, Wireless Solutions and Transport Revenue Business Units plan, build, maintain and operate tailor-made, comprehensive solutions along the complete value-added chain � with a service-oriented portfolio and proven technology know-how. Ascom is active worldwide in markets with a high growth potential. The Ascom registered shares (ASCN) are quoted on the SWX Swiss Exchange in Zurich.


Old phone tokens-
Issued 1990
Obverse Telephone horn