TELECOM 71, the first major world exhibition devoted to telecommunications and electronic equipment, opened in Geneva on Thursday (17 June).
GV Telecommunications tower TILT DOWN TO parabolic reflectors
GTV PAN INT. Exhibition
GV Crowd around opening ceremony
SV Minister of Posts cuts ribbon
GV People past exhibition sign
CU First Marconi transmitter PAN TO modern system
GV PAN Japanese stand
CU ZOOM BACK exhibition of Spanish stand
CU Sign "British Aircraft Corporation "PAN around British exhibit
CU Sign "France" PAN along exhibits
SV PAN Greek exhibit
CU TILT DOWN Canadian stand
SV Children in giant telephone on German stand
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Background: TELECOM 71, the first major world exhibition devoted to telecommunications and electronic equipment, opened in Geneva on Thursday (17 June). Running until June 27, it has been organised by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the Geneva-based United Nations agency for audio-visual communications.
There has been massive support for this exhibition - the first of its Kind - from all over the world. National stands and individual concerns total 200 exhibitors from 139 countries.
Although not a member of the ITU - unlike most Communist countries - Est Germany has a stand at the exhibition. They are the only communist country to be represented.
SYNOPSIS: The world's first-ever major exhibition devoted to the science of telecommunications and electronic is taking place in Geneva. Named Telecom Seventy-one, it has been organised by the International Telecommunications Union, the United Nations agency for audiovisual communications which has its headquarters in Geneva. The exhibitions will run for then days, and coincided with the World Administrative Conference on Space Telecommunications currently being held in the city.
Telecom 71 was officially opened on Wednesday in a ceremony led by Herr Keller, the Swiss Posts and Telecommunications Minister.
As an introduction to the scope of the exhibition, Marconi's first transmitter was put on display beside a modern electronics system. Faced with the comparison, it is easy for the public to grasp the enormous advances that have been made in the field since Marconi went to work. The stands of all the one hundred and thirty nine countries who are members of the International Telecommunications Union exhibit the latest items of equipment. One machine, for instance, displayed by an international consortium, flashed pictures around the world and back to the exhibition hall in just thirty seconds. Transmitted by land lines and satellites, the pictures travelled over one hundred and forty three thousand miles in that space of time. Other, static, displays illustrated the uses of electronics in the aircraft industry.
There has been massive international support for Telecom Seventy one. Two hundred exhibitors from ITU member countries have converged on Geneva for their own premier exhibition. Over the following ten days, until the exhibition closes on June 27, the public can catch a glimpse of the most sophisticated sphere of twentieth century technology. The equipment and machinery on display in Geneva can conquer distance and make great savings in time. The mysteries of modern communications are being unravelled. The world is shrinking, and Telecom Seventy one is showing how it's done.