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History of the Atlantic Cable & Undersea Communications
from the first submarine cable of 1850 to the worldwide fiber optic network

Cable & Beam Wireless Rates from Australia, 1913-1947
by Bill Glover
Cable Services
Destination 1913‑17 1918, 20 1921 1922‑24 1925 1926 1927‑32 1933 1934 1935‑7 1938 1939‑40 1941‑2, 4‑6 1947
Rate is per word.
New Zealand 4½d 4½d 4½d 4½d 4½d 4½d 4½d 4½d 4½d 4½d 4½d 4½d 4½d  
*Words consisting of 10 or more characters charged as two words
*London. Full rate 3s-0d 3s-0d 3s-0d 3s-0d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-0d 2s-0d 2s-0d 2s-0d 2s-0d 2s-0d 1s-3d  
Deferred
  1s-6d       1s-3d 1s-0d 1s-0d 1s-0d 1s-0d 1s-0d 1s-0d 7½d  
Weekend Letter Telegram rate. Only between Australia and UK
          Minimum 20 words 12/6. Each additional word 7½d Minimum 20 words 12/6. Each additional word 7½d Minimum 20 words 12/6. Each additional word 7½d Minimum 20 words 12/6. Each additional word 7½d Minimum 20 words 12/6. Each additional word 7½d Minimum 20 words 12/6. Each additional word 7½d Minimum 20 words 12/6. Each additional word 7½d Minimum 20 words 12/6. Each additional word 7½d  
Day Letter Telegram rate. Only between Australia and UK
                      5d per word. Minimum 10s-5d 5d per word. Minimum 10s-5d  
Social Telegram (GLT)
                      5s-0d for 13 words (maximum) 5s-0d for 13 words (maximum)  
Aden 2s-8d 2s-8d 2s-5d 2s-5d 2s-5d 2s-5d 2s-5d 2s-5d 2s-5d 2s-5d 2s-5d 2s-5d    
Hong Kong 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d    
India 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d    
Singapore 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d    
Egypt (Region 1) 3s-8d 3s-8d 3s-5d 3s-5d 3s-5d 3s-5d 3s-5d 3s-5d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d    
Egypt (Region 2) 4s-4d 4s-4d 4s-0d 3s-6d 3s-6d 3s-6d 3s-6d 3s-6d 2s-8d 2s-8d 2s-8d 2s-8d    
Sudan                 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d    
Cape Town 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-3d 2s-3d 2s-3d 2s-3d 2s-3d 1s-8d 1s-8d 1s-8d 1s-8d 1s-8d    
Ceylon 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d    
Jamaica 4s-4d 4s-4d 4s-1d 4s-1d 4s-1d 4s-1d 4s-1d 4s-1d 4s-1d 4s-1d 4s-1d 4s-1d    
British Empire excluding New Zealand, Fiji, all Pacific Islands                     1s-3d 1s-3d 1s-3d  
Deferred
                    7½d 7½d 7½d  
Day Letter Telegram
                    5d. With minimum charge of 10s-5d 5d. With minimum charge of 10s-5d 5d. With minimum charge of 10s-5d  
Code
                    10d 10d 10d  
Expeditionary Force Message (EFM)
                        2s-6d  
California 2s-4d 2s-4d 2s-4d 2s-4d 2s-4d 2s-4d 2s-4d 2s-4d 2s-4d 2s-4d 2s-4d 2s-4d 2s-4d  
New York 2s-8d 2s-8d 2s-8d 2s-8d 2s-8d 2s-8d 2s-8d 2s-8d 2s-5d          
New York City                   2s-5d 2s-5d 2s-5d 2s-5d  
New York State                   2s-8d 2s-8d 2s-8d 2s-8d  
USA, Holland, Netherlands East Indies. (NEI)                            
Full rate
                          1s-10½d
Deferred rate
                          11½d
Code
                          1s-3d
Day Letter Telegram. (Not NEI)
                          7½d. With a minimum charge of 15s-7½d
China                     2s-11d 2s-11d 2s-11d  
Japan 4s-2d 4s-2d 3s-8d 3s-5d 3s-5d 3s-5d 3s-5d 3s-5d 3s-5d 3s-5d 3s-5d 3s-5d 3s-5d  
Europe
(except the following)
3s-0d 3s-0d 3s-0d 3s-0d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d 2s-6d      
Bulgaria             2s-6½d 2s-6½d 2s-6½d 2s-6½d 2s-6½d      
Crete             2s-6½d 2s-6½d 2s-6½d 2s-6½d 2s-6½d      
Denmark             2s-6½d 2s-6½d 2s-6½d 2s-6½d 2s-6½d      
Italy             2s-6½d 2s-6½d 2s-6½d 2s-6½d 2s-6½d      
Portugal             2s-6½d 2s-6½d 2s-6½d 2s-6½d 2s-6½d      
France             2s-7d 2s-7d 2s-7d 2s-7d 2s-7d      
Deferred rates for above             1s-3½d 1s-3½d 1s-3½d 1s-3½d 1s-3½d      
Germany                     2s-6d      
Norway                     2s-6d      

 

Beam Wireless Services
  1929‑30 1931‑2 1933 1934‑7 1938 1939‑42, 4‑6 1947
UK only. Per word
Normal rate
1s-6d 1s-8d 1s-8d 1s-8d 1s-8d 1s-8d  
Urgent
5s-0d 5s-0d 5s-0d 5s-0d 5s-0d 5s-0d  
Deferred
10d 10d 10d 10d 10d 10d  
Day Letter Telegram
6d. per word. With a minimum charge of 10s-0d 6d. per word. With a minimum charge of 10s-0d 6d. per word. With a minimum charge of 10s-0d 6d. per word. With a minimum charge of 10s-0d 6d. per word. With a minimum charge of 10s-0d 6d. per word. With a minimum charge of 10s-0d  
Weekend Letter Telegram
5d. per word. With a minimum charge of 8s-4d 5d. per word. With a minimum charge of 8s-4d 5d. per word. With a minimum charge of 8s-4d 5d. per word. With a minimum charge of 8s-4d 5d. per word. With a minimum charge of 8s-4d 5d. per word. With a minimum charge of 8s-4d  
Egypt (Region 1)       2s-7½d 2s-7½d    
Egypt (Region 2)       2s-9d 2s-9d    
Sudan       2s-11d 2s-11d    
Jamaica       3s-8½d 3s-8½d    
British Empire excluding New Zealand, Fiji, all Pacific Islands         1s-3d 1s-3d  
Deferred
        7½d 7½d  
Day Letter Telegram
        5d. With minimum charge of 10s-5d 5d. With minimum charge of 10s-5d  
Code
        10d 10d  
Expeditionary Force Message (EFM)
          2s-6d  
California     2s-1½d 2s-1½d 2s-1½d 2s-1½d  
New York (City & State)     2s-5d 2s-5d 2s-5d 2s-5d  
Germany         2s-1d    
France         2s-0½d    
Italy         2s-1½d    
Norway         2s-1½d    
USA, Holland, Netherlands East Indies, (NEI). Full rate             1s-10½d
Deferred rate
            11½d
Code
            1s-3d
Day Letter Telegram (Not NEI)
            7½d. With a minimum charge of 15s-7½d

Last revised: 8 January, 2014

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