No. 3 May 2015

ITU’s 150 Years of Innovation

Editorial:

Celebrating 150 Years of Innovation

Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary‑General

Editorial|1

The origins of ITU:

The Origins of the ITU, and their Relevance Today

On 17 May 1865, representatives of twenty Continental European governments signed the International Telegraph Convention of Paris, which laid the foundations for the International Telegraph Union (which later became the International Telecommunication Union or ITU). At 150 years, the ITU is the oldest international organization in the United Nations system. It is particularly interesting to see how the nature of the global order of telegraphic communications established so many years ago is, at its centre, still quite relevant today.

The origins of ITU|1

ITU Radiocommunication Bureau:

Evolving Radiocommunications

By Fabio Leite
Former Deputy-Director of the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau

ITU Radiocommunication Bureau|1

Mainstreaming Innovations and Enhancing Performance Decade by Decade :

History of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector

Standardization has been integral to ITU since the very beginning, and was indeed part of the raison d’être for founding ITU in 1865, when representatives of twenty European States first met in Paris to coordinate and set standards for the telegraph systems in Europe (see separate article in this edition based on the ITU Talk by Dr Kars Aznavour). In their simplest form, agreed (or voluntary) standards represent a common way of doing things and can help ensure interoperability. They may also set a benchmark for quality and common knowledge, as well as a set of market norms and/or expectations of service.

Mainstreaming Innovations and Enhancing Performance Decade by Decade |1

Bridging the Digital Divide:

History of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau

The ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau was established in 1989, during the Plenipotentiary Conference held in Nice, France, from 23 May to 29 June 1989. At that Conference, Resolution 19 reflected the decision of ITU membership “to set up a new permanent organ, the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT), with the same status as other permanent organs of the Union and headed by a Director.”

Bridging the Digital Divide|1

Private Sector:

Private Sector Involvement in ITU

An overview of private sector participation

Private Sector|0

Meeting with the Secretary-General:

Official Visits

During March 2015, courtesy visits were made to ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao by the following ministers, ambassadors to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva, and other important guests.

Meeting with the Secretary-General|1
Celebrating 150 Years of Innovation

Celebrating 150 Years of Innovation

Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary‑General
On 17 May 1865, representatives of twenty continental European governments signed the International Telegraph Convention of Paris

The Origins of the ITU, and their Relevance Today

On 17 May 1865, representatives of twenty Continental European governments signed the International Telegraph Convention of Paris, which laid the foundations for the International Telegraph Union (which later became the International Telecommunication Union or ITU). At 150 years, the ITU is the oldest international organization in the United Nations system. It is particularly interesting to see how the nature of the global order of telegraphic communications established so many years ago is, at its centre, still quite relevant today.
“The electric telegraph is the most perfect invention of [current] times — anything more perfect than this is scarcely conceivable, and we really begi

Evolving Radiocommunications

By Fabio Leite
Former Deputy-Director of the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau
History of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector

History of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector

Standardization has been integral to ITU since the very beginning, and was indeed part of the raison d’être for founding ITU in 1865, when representatives of twenty European States first met in Paris to coordinate and set standards for the telegraph systems in Europe (see separate article in this edition based on the ITU Talk by Dr Kars Aznavour). In their simplest form, agreed (or voluntary) standards represent a common way of doing things and can help ensure interoperability. They may also set a benchmark for quality and common knowledge, as well as a set of market norms and/or expectations of service.

Celebrating ITU’s 150 Years

In this issue
No.6 November | December 2015

Pathway for smart sustainable cities:

A guide for city leaders

Pathway for smart sustainable cities|1

Meeting with the Secretary-General:

Official Visits

Meeting with the Secretary-General|1