Happy Birthday! 7+1 interesting facts for World Telecommunications Day

We all know that telecommunication has changed our life, as now we cannot even imagine it everyday life us without our smartphone or without having access to it Internet. After all, our communication, work, education and also our entertainment is largely due to the existence of the technology freely offered by telecommunications, with the world of Telecoms to shape it “the status quo” at a social, political, scientific and economic level. So, according to an official resolution of the United Nations, every year on May 17 the planet celebrates her World Telecommunication Day.

It is worth noting that this World Day does not only have a “celebratory” character, but also exists for us remind him “exclusion” of a large part of the world’s population by the Information Society and by access to digital knowledge which she offers. And it may have happened in our country in recent years huge strides forward and development, nevertheless in other states the “digital” inequalities still “persist”. So on the occasion of the day dedicated to telecommunications, we searched and found a series of facts and historically data which are sure to help you see the world of Telecommunications from a different perspective but also to… celebrate with us too!

1. The first time World Telecommunication Day was celebrated was 1965 in order to “honor” in this way the 100 years since the founding of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). In fact, it is worth noting that its members helped the most in the spread of the telephone (since 1876), in the launch of the first satellite (in 1957) and in the birth of the Internet in the 60s.

The first telephone device

2. The first short message in format text (the familiar SMS), sent by Neil Papworth on 1992 and just wrote the wish: «Merry Christmas».

3. The first one VoIP (Voice Over Internet) call was made in 1974, when Lincoln Laboratory and researcher Culler Harrison managed to successfully transmit voice data. Two years later (1976), made the first conference call.

4. According to surveys, many users use their mobile phones to they check the time.

5. The characteristic sound notification of Nokia phones in the 90s, when they accepted one SMS it was essentially Morse code for short messages!

6. The old days, the telephone cables they were chosen based on whether I would be a “snack” for the rodents. The less palatable a wired device was to rodents, the less the… damage!

7. To create the phone connection from the US East Coast to the West (from New York City to San Francisco) the copper wiring that was needed, he was surpassing them 25,000 kilometerswhile at the same time more than 140,000 telephone polesthroughout the American territory.

8. The first smartphone is considered the SIMON her IBM (1993), which featured a calendar, fax, touch screen and a host of telecommunication functions!

Source: Digital Life! by www.digitallife.gr.

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