International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

International Telecommunication Union (ITU):
  • ITU is the United Nations specialised agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs).
  • Members: 193 countries + 900 private-sector entities and academic institutions.
  • HQ: Geneva, Switzerland.
  • It was originally established in 1865 as the International Telegraph Union.
  • It is one of the oldest international organizations in operations.
  • ITU is responsible for allocating global radio spectrum and satellite orbits.
  • It also develops the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies to seamlessly interconnect.
  • It also strives to improve access to ICTs among the underserved communities worldwide.
  • India was elected as member of International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Council for another 4-year term from 2019 to 2022.
  • India has remained a regular member since 1952.

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