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60th Anniversary of CCITT/ITU-T

60th Anniversary Banner, Sixty Years Redefining the Future

“In Asia, the 60-year milestone represents the accomplishment of a major cycle in one's life and the beginning of the next.”
~ Chaesub Lee, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau

2016 marks 60 years since ITU Member States established the International Telegraph and Telephone Consultative Committee (CCITT) in 1956, the precursor to ITU-T, established in 1992. The 60th anniversary of CCITT/ITU-T celebrates the many experts that contribute their time and expertise to the development of the ITU standards that bring cohesion to the unceasing innovation of the ICT community.

This video traces standards-enabled ICT innovation from 1956 to 2016, exploring the relevance of today’s ITU standardization work to the future.


CCITT/ITU-T 60th Anniversary Celebration
26 October, Hammamet, Tunisia
To celebrate the CCITT/ITU-T 60th Anniversary, a series of talks will be held during the WTSA-16 Plenary sessions on Wednesday, 26 October. The evening of 26 October will also host a Gala reception kindly sponsored by the United Arab Emirates, the Republic of Korea and Rohde&Schwarz.

9:00-10:00: Talks on Digital Financial Services

Globally, more than 2 billion adults do not have a formal bank account. Low levels of financial inclusion represent a barrier to socio-economic development. Mobile money could be a game-changer for people of limited income and an enabler for financial inclusion in developing countries. The recent growth of Digital Financial Services has allowed millions of people previously excluded from the formal financial system to perform financial transactions relatively cheaply, securely and reliably.
Policy reform and the development of international standards will be important in facilitating the adoption of interoperable Digital Financial Services. Learn more

17:30-19:00: Talks on Artificial Intelligence

The future will see large parts of our lives influenced by AI technology. Machines can execute repetitive tasks with complete precision, and with recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI), machines are gaining the ability to learn, improve and make calculated decisions in ways that will enable them to perform tasks undertaken by journalists, teachers, doctors and other professions previously thought to rely on human experience and ingenuity. AI will also come to support emerging applications in the IoT space, with billions of devices, things and objects gaining the ability to learn from patterns observed in their environment and communicate these learnings to a larger ecosystem of intelligent devices.

The development and adoption of relevant international standards will help us to realize the benefits of AI advances on a global scale. Learn more


The 60th Anniversary Celebration is kindly supported by…​ ​ ​

Gold Sponsor​​

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United Arab Emirates

​​Silver Sponsor

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Bronze Sponsor

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