R 7

Australia Anritsu Chip test card
1991-1992 approx 50 issued

Out of stock


This Anritsu demo card was used in small numbers for demonstration and testing in both South Africa, and Australia. It seems about 100 to 200 cards were sent to South Africa, and perhaps only 50 or 100 cards in Australia.

Early in the 1990’s Telecom Australia began to investigate the emerging smart card developments with a view to future product development. Chip cards from NTT, Anritsu, Schlumberger, and Gemplus were demonstrated. Gemplus cards were later used for internal trials “FINE”, and “INPU”
It was not until 1997 that Telecom began to roll out upgraded telephones with chip cards nationally.

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