ITU marks 150th anniversary
International Telecommunications Union (ITU) celebrated its 150th anniversary on 17 May, marking a long and illustrious history at the cutting edge of communication technologies.
“The remarkable history of ITU exemplifies its stellar role in connecting the world to the most advanced and innovative means of communication, from the days of the telegraph to the Internet and mobile broadband, which now allows us to be in touch anytime, anywhere with friends, family, colleagues and even things,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.
ITU was established on 17 May 1865 with the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention in Paris.
The ITU 150 Awards were presented to eminent laureates who have contributed to ITU’s work. Among them are Mark Krivocheev, who is best known for his pioneering work in forging a world television digital standard and for HDTV standards and Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft.
“As we celebrate our 150th anniversary we look back with pride at our accomplishment and we look forward to the future as we respond to the rapid changes in the global ICT environment,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.
ITU is the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs). For nearly 150 years, ITU has coordinated the shared global use of the radio spectrum, promoted international cooperation in assigning satellite orbits, worked to improve communication infrastructure in the developing world, and established the worldwide standards that foster seamless interconnection of a vast range of communications systems,BMT reports.