2006, ITU-T will celebrate 50 years of making the standards that have played a
massive part in shaping the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT)
and services of today.
known as the CCITT (International Telegraph and Telephone Consultative
Committee), the body was established in 1956 and renamed as ITU-T in 1993. In
that time ITU’s standards work has substantially shaped the way that we live
and do business.
plays an enormous role in our day-to-day lives, and if it wasn’t for ITU-T
Recommendations making a simple telephone call would be impossible. Don’t
underestimate what that would mean. Without telecommunication business would
grind to a halt, banks would not be able to transfer money, orders could not be
placed and air traffic control systems would fail. Telecommunication also has a
vital role to play in emergency communications and disaster relief and has been
a crucial tool in international diplomacy. Simply put, life without telephony
is almost unimaginable. And as we have moved from fixed-line telephony into
mobile telephony and the Internet, so has ITU’s work moved to accommodate and
underpin these technologies that are becoming equally as important to the world
In order to mark this momentous milestone,
ITU-T will hold a one-day ceremony mid July 2006.
The event, while celebrating the past
achievements of ITU-T, will be forward looking in focus. A main feature of the
day will be a panel discussion on the future of ICTs moderated by a key
industry pundit. The panel will consist of CTOs and other senior level people
from some of the world’s major ICT companies. In addition CEOs from some of the
world’s biggest ICT players will be invited to give keynote speeches.
on ITU-T here. A webpage
with more details on the July event and charting ITU-T’s history is under
development, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Help Us Build a Historic Record
to the celebration of 50 years of ITU-T, a project has been initiated to
collect information – anecdotes, photography, documents – that will help us
chart the main achievements and history of CCITT/ITU-T.
you have any information or material that you believe will be
useful then please contact email@example.com.