World Telecommunication Day 2012 Coming Later This Week!

The Junk Mail Team feel that it is important for us to inform you about upcoming events WTDin 2012, and we’re continuing that trend today.

Many of you reading this post use mobile phones, telephones and the internet every single day. Telecommunication has truly become part of our daily lives. Some of you even browse our Mobile Phones and  Computers categories daily to find bargains – if you think about it, you would not have been able to browse the internet without using telecommunication.

It’s no wonder that World Telecommunication Day (now called the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day) commemorates the founding of the International Telecommunication Union in 1865. The first day of this kind was celebrated in 1969. Since then the 17th of May has been observed as World Telecommunication Day every year.  The day has been identified by the Tunis phase of the World Summit on the Information Society as “World Information Society Day” since 2006.

The International Telecommunication Union was formed following the increasing demand for domain names from internet users all over the globe. The function of this 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. The union works towards development of telecommunication systems in developing nations. The ITU was founded in Paris, but its present headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland.

World Telecommunications Day is celebrated with the following objectives: To enhance public awareness about the benefits of communication technology, to make information and communication more accessible to people residing in under-developed regions, and to increase the global reach of technology across all nations and social-economic strata.

There have been some important landmarks in the history of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day:

  • The first electric telegraph was invented in 1837.
  • The ITU was founded by Twenty States with the adoption of the first convention and the first Telegraph Regulations were introduced in 1865.
  • The telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876.
  • The first provisions for an international telephone service were made in 1885.
  • The first signals were transmitted by radio-relay system in 1895.
  • The first radio transmission of human voice occurred in 1902.
  • The first broadcasting of voice and music through radio-telephony occurred in 1906.
  • Sound broadcasting was pioneered in 1920.
  • The telegraph was invented in 1932.
  • The ITU became a special agency of the United Nations in 1947.
  • The world’s first artificial satellite, the Sputnik-I was launched in 1957
  • 1983 was celebrated as the “World Communications Year” globally.
The Theme for this year’s World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2012 is “Women and Girls in ICT”. Today women are the bedrock of human societies. They are the pillars of strength in every family and community.  World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2012 aims to ensure that the vulnerable female half of the world’s population will march forward as equals with their male compatriots. For more information about this visit their official website.

Henno Kruger

Digital Marketing Campaign Coordinator at Junk Mail Publishing.

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