World Telecommunication Day, now called World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, is observed on May 17 under the auspices of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). This occasion serves to emphasize the influence of the Internet and various communication technologies on global communities. Numerous regions worldwide continue to encounter obstacles concerning connectivity, and the ITU endeavors to narrow this divide.
The theme for this year’s World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is “Enabling the least developed nations through information and communication technologies.”
World Telecommunication Day has been celebrated annually on May 17 since 1969, marking the founding of ITU and the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865. It was instituted by the Plenipotentiary Conference in Malaga-Torremolinos in 1973.