From Brick to Slick: Pondering the Advance of Mobile Technology

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For some strange reason I just couldn’t contain my excitement when Ivan, one Digitcom’s talented sales reps, brought a vintage WWII Canadian military wireless Morse code transmission unit into the office. The part that I found most exciting was that even though the unit was considered wireless, and although technically it was portable, it weighed more than a cinder block! Looking at the unit it occurred to me just how far we’ve come in mobile technology advancements over the last 70+ years, and it got me thinking about where we’ll be 70 years down the road.

I mean, it’s hard to believe that it was only 40 years ago Motorola’s Martin Cooper changed the world forever, placing the first cellular phone call to the head of research at rival Bell Labs, just to let him know that Cooper and his team had beaten their company to the punch as both companies had been working furiously to develop wireless technology.

Consider just how different things look now, as it would be an understatement for the ages to say that the mobile market has come a long way since that fateful day, the two-pound brick that made many question its classification as “mobile” communication evolving into a mobile market that now finds itself on the cusp of leaving the traditional phone behind forever.

Long put to pasture are the chunky cell phone bricks of old—antiquated beauties like Motorola’s DynaTAC made famous on the popular teenage sitcom ‘Saved by the Bell’ in the late eighties—replaced by slick and sophisticated pieces of advanced technology that now serve only as a voice platform in their spare time, their full time duties taken up with computing tasks once left to far larger and more expensive machines.

Now this development extends to many areas of technology of course, but most importantly to me, it includes the advancement of the business phone system, which has made an equally impressive jump from the days of the cord board in the 1970’s, to the hosted PBX VoIP we have today.

In a time that paradoxically seems both an eternity ago and just yesterday; I remember installing the Norstar key phone system as Digitcom’s lone employee in 1991, marvelling then at the advanced business phone system technology available. I had no idea, much like the operator of that 70 year old WWII Morse code unit I would guess, just how far telecom would, or even could, come, and looking at it now, I simply can’t believe how far both technology and Digitcom have advanced over the last several decades.

The excitement of the advancement in communication technology is what brought me into the industry many years ago, and sourcing, and selling new technologies is what keeps things exciting today. As the market continues to innovate, we, as businesses, need to continue to do the same … innovate, and find a better way, better product, process, design, solution … everything. It means challenging the status quo. Everything we do can be done in a more innovative manner. Innovate, change, and bring new and exciting ideas to market.

The reason I was so excited when Ivan brought the Morse code unit to the office is that it made me realize that we, both as an industry and Digitcom as a company, have come a long way. In fact, the history of mobile communication has left us with so many culturally significant moments that it makes me wonder how mobile communication development will continue to influence and impact the very fabric of our existence, and what kind of world it will help create for my children, my grandchildren, and for generations to come.

Jeff Wiener



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