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Discover ITU's History

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[You] will be agreeably surprised to discover that the history of an international body devoted to technical matters may sometimes prove as gripping as an adventure story, because it is indeed a fascinating adventure - and one that arouses enthusiasm - to keep always in the forefront of progress in a technical field undergoing constant and rapid development.  (Marcel Thué, 1979)

Established in 1865 to manage the first international telegraph networks, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has worked ceaselessly since then to connect the world. Over the years, the Union's mandate has expanded to cover the invention of voice telephony, the development of radiocommunications, the launch of the first communications satellites, and most recently, the telecommunications-based information age. Along the way, ITU's structure and activities have evolved and adapted to meet the needs of this changing mandate.
In this section, you will find facts, figures, dates, lists and articles that highlight the people, places, activities and accomplishments that are part of ITU's history.
Past and Present Senior Officials (lists, images, and related information)

Music for ITU (article and audio files)
Audiovisual Resources (films and audio recordings about ITU's history)​
Further Reading (digitized publications on ITU's history)
ITU Study Groups (interactive lists)