The Bonch-Bruevich Saint-Petersburg State University of Telecommunications

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is celebrated annually on May 17.

 This day, in 1865, the International Telegraph Union was created as well as the First International Telegraph Convention was signed.

 Thanks to this, tariffs for international telegraphic communications sharply decreased; all participants in the convention adopted Morse code as a standard.

 The Telegraph Union has grown into the International Telecommunication Union, which now works within the UN framework and serves to strengthen communication between countries and peoples.

 This is a professional holiday for all programmers, system administrators, Internet providers, web designers, editors of online publications and all those who work in the field of information technology.

 Information technologies have significantly changed the face of civilization. They provide humankind with previously unbelievable luxury: the main wealth is information and knowledge, and there are great opportunities for self-education.