Thursday, 29 June 2017

Friday Review: Come quick, we are sinking

By Mary Lennighan, Total Telecom
Friday 13 April 12

As the world commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster, mobile handset makers send up distress flares.

The sinking of the Titanic, exactly 100 years ago this weekend, had a significant impact on the world of radio communications, and I don't just mean by providing tech journalists with easy metaphors to describe the struggles of certain mobile handset makers. More on those companies, and their latest icebergs, in a moment. You could argue that the Titanic disaster paved the way for modern telecommunications regulation. In late 1912 the third Wireless Telegraphy Convention in London established internationally-agreed rules that were added to in subsequent years. These included the reinforcement of the use of SOS as an internationally-recognised distress signal; use of the 500 kc/s (or 500kHz) frequency for all ships carrying wireless technology; and the introduction of silent periods during which ships would listen for distress calls on that frequency…

The sinking of the Titanic, exactly 100 years ago this weekend, had a significant impact on the world of radio communications, and I don't just mean by providing tech journalists with easy metaphors to describe the struggles of certain mobile handset makers. More on those companies, and their latest icebergs, in a moment. You could argue that the Titanic disaster paved the way for modern telecommunications regulation. In late 1912 the third Wireless Telegraphy Convention in London established internationally-agreed rules that were added to in subsequent years. These included the reinforcement of the use of SOS as an internationally-recognised distress signal; use of the 500 kc/s (or 500kHz) frequency for all ships carrying wireless technology; and the introduction of silent periods during which ships would listen for distress calls on that frequency…

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