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Radiokommunikationsutvecklingens betydelse för mobilteleindustrin: Transkript av ett vittnesseminarium vid Tekniska museet i Stockholm den 12 mars 2008
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology.
2008 (Swedish)Report (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

 The witness seminar “Radiokommunikationsutvecklingens betydelse för mobilteleindustrin” [The Impact of Radio Communications Development on the Mobile Phone Industry] was held at Tekniska museet [The National Museum of Science and Technology] in Stockholm on 12 March 2008 and was led by Professor Jens Zander. The period covered in the seminar was the 1950s to the 1990s. According to the participants at the seminar there was a close relationship between the technological develop-ment in the field of radio communications and the field of mobile telephony in Sweden, and much of the crucial technologies that later went into the mobile telephony systems, such as antennas, transmitters, and receivers, were pioneered in the radio communications field. This was true not only concerning the hardware, but also for the underlying theory about radiowaves. It was also emphasised that much of the success of mobile telephony in Sweden can be explained by the administrative feats at Televerket. The marketing and pricing of Televerket’s services were at least as important as Ericsson’s ability to manufacture the hardware. The participants discussed the development of the NMT and GSM mobile standards, and the role of Sweden regarding the implementation of these standards. Technically, Ericsson’s production of the radio link RL 420 for the Swedish military was very significant because they were later used as base stations in the civilian mobile telephone network. The importance of government orders, most often for the military, was considered to have been very important for Ericsson’s succeses in the mobile telephony market in the 1980s and 1990s.

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2008. , 36 p.
Trita-HST, ISSN 1103-5277 ; 12
försvarsindustri - Sverige; mobiltelefoni; samarbete mellan privat och offentlig sektor; GSM; NMT; Mobilradio
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History of Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-9315ISRN: KTH/HST/WP 2008/12-SEISBN: 978-91-7415-041-4OAI: diva2:72826
Available from: 2008-10-28 Created: 2008-10-17 Last updated: 2010-04-28

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