A one day colloquium organised by University of Salford in partnership with the ITP, Vodafone, O2, 3 and EE, and the IET. Held on Saturday 12th September 2015 at MediaCity, Salford.
In January 1985 the UK launched its first mobile networks. Thirty years on, we wished to celebrate the enormous achievements and advances that have been made since then and which have seen the mobile evolve from a humble telephone into the multimedia pocket computer which has become such an essential part of modern life. It was simply not possible in 1985 to envisage a country that would be able to boast more active mobile phones than people or to have along the way clocked up several world firsts, and be now leading on the deployment of 4G and shaping the future 5G technologies. Our one day colloquium traced the evolution of the mobile within the UK through all of its major generations by bringing together speakers who were there when it happened and helped shape the future that we all now enjoy.
So, if you are interested in mobile technology, heritage or simply want to wallow in nostalgia, sit back and enjoy watching the videos of each presentation made during the day.
Programme and conference presentations
We attracted a great range of speakers from the mobile industry and academia who, collectively, were able to cover the full 30 year history of the mobile phone within the UK.
1. The origin of the mobile and the UK's first networks
Nigel Linge, University of Salford with support from Vodafone
2. Launch of Cellnet
Mike Short, Telefonica (O2)
3. The emergence of GSM
Stephen Temple, 5GIC
4. The launch of Mercury one2one and Orange
Graham Fisher, Bathcube Telecoms
5. From voice to data
Stuart Newstead, Ellare
6. Telepoint - the partially mobile, mobile
Nigel Linge, University of Salford
Erol Hepsaydir, 3 UK
8. Handset evolution and usage patterns
Julian Divett, EE
9. 4G and onwards to 5G
Andy Sutton, University of Salford
We wish to extend a special thankyou for the filming and post production of the conference presentation videos to Dr Wilfred Darlington and his team of University of Salford students comprising; Mike Jones, Thomas Daley, David Heaton, Samuel Billington, Ricky Ward, Daniel Young, and Liam Funnell.