Media Advisory: ITU celebrates 150th anniversary on 17 May

Action-packed programme features history and future outlook for ICTs

Geneva, 7 May 2015 – ITU celebrates its 150th anniversary on Sunday, 17 May. The programme includes a keynote speech by Ms Doris Leuthard, Minister of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications, Switzerland; panel discussions with eminent laureates of the ITU 150 Award; and forward-looking movers and shakers in the ICT industry, from DuoLingo, BRCK, Alibaba, Ericsson and Telecom Italia Group. The history of ITU has been interwoven with landmark inventions and innovations in communications over the past 150 years. In the 1850s, soon after Samuel Morse started a service in the United States, telegraph lines crossed national borders and new international agreements had to be forged. On 17 May 1865, twenty nations gathered in Paris to sign an international framework, and formed the International Telegraph Union. See photos.

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