The Italian companies among the 8 with the longest membership (more than 75 years) of the organisation now headed up by Onu
Two Italian companies on the podium of the Palazzo dei Congressi (Conference Centre) of Geneva to celebrate 150 years of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations agency specialised in the integration and dissemination of new technologies and the definition of international telecommunications standards (e.g. SOS, to cite the most universally well-known one). Yesterday afternoon was an opportunity to bestow the two companies with the recognition of “Long standing industry member” for having been a member of the ITU for more than 75 years: Telecom Italia since 1925 (even if it went by a different name), Sirti from 1931.
During the Geneva conference, on what has become the annual day recognised worldwide as “World Telecommunication and Information Society Day,” a number of panels discussed the issues linked to the world of innovation and sustainability.
Major figures from international politics and the United Nations attended, as well the key players from industry and the academic arena. The award winners included figures at the forefront of ICT: from Bill Gates to Robert Kahn (co-inventor of TCP-IP), from Thomas Wiergand (director of Fraunhofer) to Mark I. Krivocheev (among the pioneers of television standards), from Martin Cooper (inventor of the mobile telephone) to Ken Sakamura (creator of web video encoding methods).
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