Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Friday Review: Coming together

By Mary Lennighan, Total Telecom
Friday 01 July 11

Collaboration and social networking make headlines this week, but real-world interaction also demonstrates its worth.

The telecoms industry has always been about bringing people together. That much is obvious. But events this week served to highlight how the Internet has helped to transform one-to-one connections into a much wider social experience. Nokia Siemens Networks on Friday reminded us that the world's first GSM call on a commercial network was made in Finland exactly 20 years ago. Back in 1991, digital mobile communications was all about basic connectivity: it allowed people to talk to their friends, and use SMS for the first time, while on the move. Fast-forward to the present, a time in which mobile data traffic has long since overtaken voice and staying in touch is much more about sharing the banalities of daily life on an online platform of some sort than it is about picking up the phone and dialling a number…

The telecoms industry has always been about bringing people together. That much is obvious. But events this week served to highlight how the Internet has helped to transform one-to-one connections into a much wider social experience. Nokia Siemens Networks on Friday reminded us that the world's first GSM call on a commercial network was made in Finland exactly 20 years ago. Back in 1991, digital mobile communications was all about basic connectivity: it allowed people to talk to their friends, and use SMS for the first time, while on the move. Fast-forward to the present, a time in which mobile data traffic has long since overtaken voice and staying in touch is much more about sharing the banalities of daily life on an online platform of some sort than it is about picking up the phone and dialling a number…

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