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The first telephone companies began working in Moscow and St. Petersburg almost at the same time in July 1882. On 1st of July 1882 the commercial operation of Moscow’s local telephone network began in earnest. In St. Petersburg, on the other hand, the telephone network continued to undergo ‘testing’ until the end of October of the same year. Then, on 29th of October 1882 (the service launch day), 259 telephone subscribers were registered in St. Petersburg. On the same day in Moscow there were 200 registered users (after four full months operation figures). In addition, the first Russian city-to-city telephone call took place (from St. Petersburg to Malaya Vishera) in 1879.