ITU’s historical timeline

ITU has launched an interactive timeline highlighting key moments in ITU’s history over the past 150 years. With key dates and additional fun facts, the timeline provides an in-depth look into ITU’s rich and varied past. It gives readers the chance to understand the history that led to the formation of ITU in 1865 with the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention to its ongoing work as the specialized agency of the United Nations dealing with modern-day information and communication technologies.

Users can navigate the chequered history of telecommunications starting in 1792 with the semaphore system to telegraphs, telephones, satellites and Internet-enabled communications that now connect both people and things, anytime and anywhere – as well as get a glimpse into the future of these amazing technologies.

See ITU’s historical timeline