The Edison Gower-Bell Telephone Company of Europe, Ltd. was organized on October 28, 1881. Its areas of operations covered all of continental Europe, excluding France, Turkey, and Greece.[1]

It was established to control the patents and business interests of Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, and Frederic Allan Gower of the United States, who had previously held a Bell Telephone Company franchise in New England in the early 1880s.[1]


  1. ^ a b The Thomas A. Edison Papers: Edison Companies, Rutgers University. Retrieved April 2, 2010.