Earlier telecommunication consisted of the letters and messages that were delivered from one place to another with the help of animals, people, etc. But now the telecommunication industry has a whole new face. It has so grown so vastly that everything nowadays is at the tip of our fingers, just one touch and anything can happen, you can connect overseas or order your favorite food anywhere, your video call, send pictures, basically do anything. Such fascinating invention telecommunication was. Can you believe your life without it now? Well, that’s the reason we celebrate world telecommunication day on 17th may every year, to enhance this knowledge of telecommunication industry and spread the invention everywhere.

The main purpose of world telecommunication day is to enhance public awareness about the importance of communication and changes brought about by new technologies and the internet. Another objective of world telecommunication day is to make communication and information accessible to people living in under-developed regions. Awareness regarding the right communication is very important hence on world telecommunication day highlighting that is a major concern.


The World Telecommunications Day is in tight connections with the International Telegraph Union (ITU), the committee formed in 1865 to support the emerging communication methods of the time. ITU was present throughout all the great breakthroughs in communication – the invention of the telephone in 1876, the launch of the first satellite in 1957 and, ultimately, the birth of the Internet in the 60s.

You might think that you know everything about the telecommunication system, but here are some interesting facts that will surprise you.

  1. The first 911 system was introduced in the United States in 1968.
  2. A study in the UK revealed that 47% of all water-damaged mobile phones had been dropped in the toilet bowl.
  3. According to NASA your mobile phone has more computing power than the computers used for the Apollo 11 moon landing.
  4. In 2012 Apple sold roughly 340,000 iPhones per day!
  5. Nomophobia – the fear of being without your phone or losing your phone signal.
  6. Smartphones would not exist without 250,000 individual patents.
  7. Malaysia allows you to legally divorce your partner via text message.
  8. The first mobile phone call was made in 1973.
  9. The first phone book issued in 1878 was only 20 pages long.
  10. In 2014, the number of mobile phones in the world was greater than the number of people.
  11. Experiments with VoIP begin in 1973
  12. VOIPO is founded.

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