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17 May, World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD, ITU)

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History of World Telecommunication Day

World Telecommunication Day commemorates the founding of the International Telecommunication Union in 1865. The first World Telecommunication Day was celebrated in 1969. Since then the 17th of May has been observed as World Telecommunication Day every year. The World Telecommunication Day has been identified by the Tunis phase of the World Summit on the Information Society as "World Information Society Day", since 2006.

Functions and Role of the International Telecommunication Union:

International Telecommunication Union was formed following the increasing demand for domain names among internet users all over the world. The function of the International Telecommunication Union is to co-ordinate global telecom networks and services with governments and the private sector. The International Telecommunication Union also sets international regulations and treaties to facilitate international communication. It works towards development of telecommunication systems in developing nations. Though it ITU was founded in Paris, its present head-quarters are located in Geneva, Switzerland.

Important landmarks in the history of World Telecommunication Day

The World Telecommunication Day celebrates and acknowledges the following developments that have taken place over the years:

  • Invention of the first electric telegraph in 1837.
  • International Telegraph Union Found by twenty States with the adoption of the first Convention and in 1865, the introduction of first Telegraph Regulations
  • Invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876.
  • First provisions for international telephone service took place in 1885.
  • First signals transmitted by radio-relay system in 1895.
  • First radio transmission of human voice in 1902.
  • Broadcasting of voice and music through radiotelephony in 1906.
  • Sound broadcasting pioneered in 1920.
  • Invention of telegraph in 1932.
  • International Telecommunication Union becomes a special agency of United Nations in 1947.
  • World’s first artificial satellite Sputnik-I launched in 1957
  • 1983 was celebrated as the “World Communications Year”.

Focus areas of telecommunication:

  • Harmonize national policies.
  • Bridge technological differences.
  • Promote connectivity.
  • Foster interoperability of systems on a global scale.
  • Overcome physical distances globally through internet, television, phone etc.

Why World Telecommunication Day is celebrated?

World Telecommunications Day is celebrated with the following objectives:

Enhance public awareness about the benefits of communication technology. Make information and communication more accessible to people residing in under-developed regions. Increase the global reach of technology across all nations and socio-economic strata. Let us now study the themes and examples of World Telecommunication Day celebrations in the past three years:

(Reference: Altius Directory)

 

Workshop/ Seminar Papers

Articles Published in Teletech

teletech blog

 

YEAR ITU THEME ITU POSTER (Click) Secretary General, ITU TELETECH scanned (Click)
2014 Broadband for Sustainable Development
Dr Hamadoun I. Touré
2013 ICTs AND IMPROVING ROAD SAFETY
WTISD-2013-Road Safety ITU_Seretary_General_Dr_Hamadoun_Toure
Dr Hamadoun I. Touré
2012 Women and Girls in ICT
Dr Hamadoun I. Touré
2011 Better Life in Rural Communities with ICTs
Dr Hamadoun I. Touré
2010 Better city, better life with ICTs
Dr Hamadoun I. Touré
 
2009 Protecting Children in Cyberspace
Dr Hamadoun I. Touré
 
2008 Connecting Persons with Disabilities: ICT Opportunities for All
Dr Hamadoun I. Touré
2007 Connecting the Young: the opportunities of ICT Link
Dr Hamadoun I. Touré
 
2006 Promoting Global Cyber-security
Yoshio Utsumi
 
2005 Creating an Equitable Information Society: Time for Action Link
Yoshio Utsumi
 
2004 ICTs: leading the way to sustainable development Link
Yoshio Utsumi
 
2003 Helping all of the world's people to communicate Link
Yoshio Utsumi
 
2002  ICT for all: empowering people to cross the Digital Divide Link
Yoshio Utsumi
 
2001 The Internet: challenges, opportunities and prospects Link
Yoshio Utsumi
 
2000 Mobile Communications Link
Yoshio Utsumi
 
1999 Electronic Commerce Link
Yoshio Utsumi
 
1998 Trade in Telecommunications Link
Pekka Tarjanne
 
1997 Telecommunications and Humanitarian Assistance Link
Pekka Tarjanne
 
1996 Telecommunication and Sport Link
Pekka Tarjanne
 
1995 Telecommunications and the environment     
Pekka Tarjanne
 
1994

Telecommunication and culture

ITU / UNESCO 

Pekka Tarjanne
1993 Telecommunications and human development     
Pekka Tarjanne
 
1992 Telecommunications and space: new horizons  
Pekka Tarjanne
 
1991 Telecommunications and safety of human life  
Pekka Tarjanne
 
1990 Telecommunications and industrial development     
Pekka Tarjanne
 
1989 International cooperation   
Richard E. BUTLER
 
 
1988 The transfer of technological know-how in the age of electronics   

Richard E. BUTLER
 
 
1987 Telecommunications in the service of nations   

Richard E. BUTLER
 
 
1986 Partners in progress: governments, operating entities, manufacturers and users   

Richard E. BUTLER
 
 
1985 Telecommunications for development   

Richard E. BUTLER
 
 
1984 Telecommunications: expanding horizons   

Richard E. BUTLER
 
 
1983 One world,
one network
 
 

Richard E. BUTLER
 
 
1982 Telecommunications and international cooperation   
Mohamed Ezzedine MILI
 
1981

Telecommunications and health

(ITU / WHO) 
 
 Mohamed Ezzedine MILI
 
1980 Rural telecommunications   
 Mohamed Ezzedine MILI
 
1979 Telecommunications for all   
 Mohamed Ezzedine MILI
 
1978 Radiocommunications   
 Mohamed Ezzedine MILI
 
1977

Telecommunication and development

(ITU / UNDP) 
 
 Mohamed Ezzedine MILI
 
1976

Telecommunication and the mass media

(ITU / UNESCO) 
 
 Mohamed Ezzedine MILI
 
1975

Telecommunications and meteorology

(ITU / WMO) 
 
 Mohamed Ezzedine MILI
 
1974 Telecommunications and transport   
 Mohamed Ezzedine MILI
 
1973 International cooperation in the field of telecommunications   
 Mohamed Ezzedine MILI
 
1972 The world telecommunication network   
 Mohamed Ezzedine MILI
 
1971 Space and telecommunications 
 Mohamed Ezzedine MILI
 
1970 Telecommunications and education   
 Mohamed Ezzedine MILI
 
1969 The ITU: Get to know the ITU   
 Mohamed Ezzedine MILI
 


[Courtesy: Heather Heywood, ITU Archives Service , 23,31 May 2011]

 

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