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30087Re: [midatlanticretro] History of cell phones

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  • David Riley
    Apr 4, 2013
      On Apr 4, 2013, at 10:13 AM, William Donzelli <wdonzelli@...> wrote:

      > > Reality check: Mobile radio phones had been around for decades when Cooper
      > > led a team that made ** a ** cellular phone, just as Bell Labs was also
      > > doing. Bell Labs, one could argue, developed something far more important --
      > > the concept of cellular ** networks ** -- three decades pre-Cooper.
      > Motorola deserves the credit. The Bell System dropped the ball (or
      > probably had the ball stripped from them, thanks to the landline
      > crowd). Actually getting the cell network to function properly in the
      > real world was *far* more difficult that coming up with the idea.

      Which is something the cell network operators have been finding
      true of OFDM now that they're trying to deploy LTE. It's a
      great *idea*, but making it work in the real world with all
      that pesky multipath interference is... challenging. :-)

      - Dave
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