Every year on December 6, Azerbaijan celebrates a professional holiday - the Day of Communications and Information Technology Workers of the Republic of Azerbaijan, which was established by the Decree of the President of the country in December 2006, in connection with the 125th anniversary of the creation of telephone communications in the Republic.
At the beginning of 1881, the laying of the first telephone line in Azerbaijan began in Baku, which was put into operation on December 6 of the same year (the length of the line was 6 kilometers), and after another 5 years, the construction of the first centralized switching network began. In Soviet times, purposeful work was carried out in the Republic to develop mail and telegraph. In 1926, wired radio broadcasting began to function, in the 1950s - television.
After the collapse of the USSR, the active development of the communications and IT sphere began in Azerbaijan, in connection with which, in 2004, the Ministry of Communications of the Republic was abolished, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies was created on its basis, and the IT field, as well as purposeful activities in the field of communications, became one of the country's development priorities.