Director schemes were gradually introduced in the other major cities of the UK — Birmingham, Edinburgh (although a relatively small city, it obtained seven-figure dialling for political reasons to allow a caller to call another telephone directly instead of via a manual telephone exchange operator.Uniform exchange codes, usually called STD codes, were allocated for every exchange in the country, progressively as STD was rolled out. The original concept was for to be a nationwide Director system, and in common with the Director system, the exchange codes were originally assigned based on two letters of the respective place's name and the corresponding numbers on a telephone dial.
Telephone numbers in the United Kingdom have a structure that reflects their historical demands, starting from many independent companies to a system that supports many different services including cellular phones which were never initially envisaged.
Post Office Telecommunications was reorganised in 1980–81 a s British Telecommunications (British Telecom, or BT), and was the first major nationalised industry to be privatised by the Conservative government.
The Hull Telephone Department was itself reconstituted as Kingston Communications, in 1987; it was sold by Hull City Council in the late 1990s and celebrated its centenary in 2004.
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However, it was not until 1927 that the first "Director" telephone exchange was brought into service in Holborn, London and rolled out progressively across Greater London.