Over the period 1984-87 the political and strategic direction of GSM was being shaped by France, Germany, Italy and the UK. It was the genesis of the mobile revolution. This is the UK record of what happened, how it happened, why it happened and captures the political dynamics within which it all took place.
Technophone EXCELL PC105T – taking the mobile from the hand into the pocket (1986) Technophone was a company set up in 1984 by Nils Martensson, a Swedish radio engineer who left Ericsson to set up on his own in 1978. Nils Martensson’s dream was to transform the large, clunky”brick” into the world’s first mobile phone to fit into the pocket. He secured a DTI […]
Nokia N92 – A vision of Mobile TV In South Korea mobile television made enormous headway driven by advances in the quality of screens. That extra detail made the pictures watchable on small screens. Both public terrestrial and satellite mobile TV services were launched. This is where to look for the pioneering mobiles designed for mobile TV. It is an import […]
Ericsson R380 – The mobile that blazed the trail for the SmartPhone (2000) The IBM Simon is recognised as the origin of the smartphone. The prototype personal communicator concept was displayed at the 1992 Comdex Trade Show. But the very first mobile to be called "a smartphone" was the Ericsson R380 brought out in 2000. It incorporated the two key […]
Samsung SCH-r900 – The world’s first LTE Mobile (2010) Every 10 years or so mobile technology has made a generation leap…1G…2G…3G. The next step along this global standards path is the Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology. The term LTE was chosen by the standards body as shortly after the 3G standard was introduced, the marketing departments of a number of s […]
Inside the Mobile Revolution
Functionality drives a mobile towards a particular shape. They are a bit like car designs put in a wind tunnel to reduce drag – they all come out looking much the same. It takes real genius to break-out and produce really great designs. Whilst most attention is paid to technology advance, the world's mobile culture has been enriched by these occasional […]
Our modern world is awash with ideas. Some become the raw material of great technology achievements. Most don't. The difference in fortune usually comes down to a pivotal moment along the way. For GSM it all came down to 37 weeks in 1987. GSM can trace its origins as far back as 1975 when Henry Kieffer from the Swiss PTT suggested Europe needed to find […]
Four years of research has produced our authoritative guide of the first mobiles to hit key technology mile-stone and influenced the smartphones we carry around today. […]
The story of “who created SMS” is really fascinating. It offers insight into not just to who the hero’s were that made it happen, but how society (nearly a quarter of a Century later) sets about recognising the fathers of such an outstanding outcome. If anyone went to their local public Library and asked for a book on the creation of SMS they are likely to c […]
Academic researchers love to go back to the original documents. Some are out of reach in private archives. Here at GSMHistory.com we give on line access to seven important documents that have critically shaped today's mobile world. THE SEVEN MOST IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS IN GSM HISTORY 1. Origins of GSM – Technology In 1984 France and Germany agreed to run j […]
Around 2007 3G became of age and mobile phone users, particularly those between 15 and 30 years old, found themselves in the midst of a tectonic change in the way they engage with the world around them. Every aspect in which we communicate and interact with the world around us changed in an even more fundamental way than was the case when the GSM revolution […]
Britain entered its digital communications age through a series of European initiatives that linked government and industry in a huge transformation of Britain’s communications networks from analogue to digital. “Casting the Nets” provides an unparalleled insight into these initiatives. It provides powerful learning for policy makers and business leaders everywhere of how a country and a continent can bring to bear its political, corporate and intellectual power to create a world leading digital infrastructure.