Founded in 2008, International Telecoms Week was established by a group of some of the largest telecoms carriers at the time:

A1 Telekom Austria, AT&T Wholesale, BICS, BT, Capacity magazine, China Telecom, Chunghwa Telecom, Deutsche Telekom ICSS, iBasis, IDT Telecom, Orange, PLDT, REACH, Rostelecom, SingTel, Sprint, Tata Communications, Telecom Italia Sparkle, Telecom New Zealand International, Telefonica, Telekom Malaysia and TeliaSonera International Carrier

The aim of this founding group was to create an affordable and beneficial platform for the entire community to meet and conduct business, this has continued to be the main focus of the event ever since and is the ITW Founding Principle.