This book charts the rise of one of the most remarkable items of personal technology to have been developed in the last thirty years--the mobile phone. The authors, both acknowledged experts in this field, explore the origins of the mobile phone and the early models. Throughout the book they analyse the background developments, such as the licensing of new networks, the emergence of new data services and the development of GPRS and EDGE, as well as the development of text messaging and the integration of the mobile with the web. Alongside this, the authors explore the design and technical changes to the handsets, including the integration of cameras, the emergence of apps and the trend-setting influence of the iphone. Ranging from 1G through to the current 4G networks and looking ahead to 5G and likely developments in the next thirty years, this book tells you everything you need to know about the development of the mobile phone in the UK.
Professor Nigel Linge has worked in the field of computer networking and telecommunications since 1983. His academic research interests include the operation and practical application of computer networks, communication protocols and telecommunications. He has an active public engagement profile explaining and demonstrating telecommunications and computer networking, and the engineering that underpins it, to schools and the general public. Andy Sutton has 30 years' experience in the telecommunications industry and has worked as the Principal Network Architect at the mobile and internet provider EE. In 2013 the University of Salford appointed him as a visiting professor to work with students on research projects. He is a member of the Association for Industrial Archaeology.
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