Corps des télécommunications

The Corps des télécommunications (Corps of Telecommunications) was a French Technical "grand corps de l'Etat". It is formed of the State Engineers of the Telecommunications.

It is interministerial (not attached to any specific Ministry or Department within the administration) as its members are employed by a large number of Ministries. Their activities reach well beyond the traditional telecom sector, ranging from information technology management to conducting various public policies.

Many executive positions in France's telecoms and IT industry are held by State Engineers of the Telecommunications.


The Corps of Telecommunications was created in 1967. It was formerly known as the Corps of Telegraphs, created in 1902.[1]

Following the Decree (executive order) 2009-63 signed January 16, 2009, related to the specific statute of the engineers of Mines, the "corps des télécommunications" was merged with the "corps of mines".

Admission and training

People entering the Corps are educated at the École nationale supérieure des télécommunications. Most of them are from École polytechnique; these are known as X-Telecom; the rest come from École Normale Supérieure, regular curriculum of the École nationale supérieure des télécommunications or via internal promotion.

Around 25 students are admitted yearly in the Corps of Telecommunications.

Positions held

Members of the Corps of Telecommunication work both in the French administration and in the private sector.

There are about 1100 engineers currently in activity. A third is employed within the French Administration ou public services, a third in the France Telecom / Orange group and a third in other private companies.

Examples of employers in France include :

Between 5 and 10% of State Engineers of Telecommunications have set up their own venture or are entrepreneurs.

Apart from the IT and telecom sectors, some engineers are also employed in the bank (including the national Banque de France cooperating within the European Central Bank) and finance industries for instance.

Current or former members (examples)

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