S07E08 - 100 years of wireless

We're a man down this week. As Ewan discovers he actually has something better to do than visit the 361 studio he 'calls in' to set the rest of the team a challenge... To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the start of the 1st World War, to look back over the huge changes to wireless communication that coincided with that period and to pick out key points from the following hundred years. It's a tricky one... Ben and Rafe head to the books...

In other news Rafe has a phone that's too orange and Ben's been (liberally) using the unlimited data roaming Three now offer in the USA.

THE CHAT

Ewan says ... nothing. He's off with his fancy new job this week but he set us a question.

Rafe says the launch of digital cellular networks (3G) has his vote as the most significant moment in wireless comms in the last 100 years.

Ben says that - if for no other reason than a bit of British pride - the chap in the Post Office who proposed bouncing radio waves off the moon (the first satelite-based comms, when the US military finally did it) deserves the prize. 

THE SURVEY

Tell us what you think - we'll report the results in a future episode. If you want to say more, drop us a comment!

Lessons can still be learned today from early wireless systems:
Lessons can still be learned today from early wireless systems: