On 26 September 2008, the ITU recognized the site named "Pierre Bergère" in
Salvan, for its invaluable contribution in the heritage of telecommunications,
thanks to experiments of wireless communications Guglielmo Marconi did in that
location of Switzerland. It is during summer, 1895, after its first trials in
Italy in the Villa Griffone in Pontecchio near Bologna, that Marconi stayed in
the mountain resort of Salvan, which reputation had widely exceeded borders of
Switzerland. With the help of Maurice Gay-Balmaz, a young national of Salvan,
Marconi worked there during summer to manage, after many trials, to send a radio
message of Salvan to Marécottes (1.5 km).
In the presence of H.E. Mr. Pascal
Couchepin, President of the Swiss Confederation, the ITU celebrated this event
with the inauguration of a commemorative plaque by
Dr. Hamadoun Touré,
Secretary-General, preceded by a colloquium on radiocommunications issue
organized by the Marconi Foundation.